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Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (Yale Library of Military History) Hardcover – October 29, 2013

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"The definitive account. . . . A fascinating combination of grand strategy and personal vignettes."—Max Boot, Wall Street Journal
(Max Boot Wall Street Journal)

"Lively and vivid. Recommended for readers with an interest in military history and strategy or the challenges of nation building."—Kirkus Reviews
(Kirkus Reviews)

“By far the best account of the decisive campaign of the Iraq War, and the conduct of modern American counterinsurgency, and also the best account anywhere about the inner workings of contemporary Iraqi politics. This book will remain the seminal work on this important part of the American experience in Iraq for many years.”—Conrad Crane, lead author of Army/Marine Corps Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency
(Conrad Crane)

“This is one of the best books to emerge from the Iraq War. I expect it will be remembered as one of the most insightful accounts from an insider of the key ‘surge’ phase of that conflict. The chapter on the Sunni Awakening especially stands out as a terrific overview of that critical development.”—Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco, The Gamble and The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today
(Thomas E. Ricks)

Runner-up for the 2013 Southern California Book Festival, in the Biography/Autobiography category, sponored by JM Northern Media LLC.
(Southern California Book Festival JM Northern Media LLC 2013-10-22)

"Few—VERY few—studies of military operations are authored by someone who combines the qualities of an outstanding scholar with the experience of having been the commanding general's executive officer. Mansoor tells the story of a very rare type of military operation: creating victory in the context not merely of ongoing defeat but imminent catastrophe. And he tells it like a scholar: no hero-worship, no pointing with pride and viewing with alarm."—Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century
(Dennis Showalter)

“Peter Mansoor has shed fresh light and understanding on the U.S. experience in Iraq, illuminating war’s political nature as well as its human and psychological dimensions. Surge is a story of adaptation, which highlights the importance of continuously assessing complex situations and acting to seize and retain the initiative. It will be thought-provoking not only to all interested in the Iraq War, but also to those interested in how to lead change in large organizations and enterprises.”—H. R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam
(H. R. McMaster)

"Scholars of military history and students of national security affairs will find Surge an invaluable resource. The book is highly readable despite its impressive scholarship and sourcing, and benefits from its author’s professional training as an historian and his rigorous analytical approach . . . . No one seriously interested in the complexities of strategic thinking in general or this conflict, and America’s ongoing struggle to coherently link its policy aims to actionable plans, can overlook Mansoor’s analysis or conclusions."—War on the Rocks blog
(War on the Rocks blog)

Won a Honorable Mention for the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival in the General Non-Fiction Category.
(Los Angeles Book Festival JM Northern Media LLC 2014-03-13)

Finalist for the 2013 Guggenheim-Prize in Military History.
(Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation 2014-03-18)

"Indispensable. . . . Surge should be in any serious reader's short stack of books on the war in Iraq."—Mark Kukis, Michigan War Studies Review
(Mark Kukis Michigan War Studies Review)

From the Author

Praise for Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War
Surge is an extraordinary account of a decisive campaign in the Iraq War by one who is uniquely qualified to write it. Colonel (Ret.) Pete Mansoor not only is a history professor, he also was a brigade commander in Iraq during our first year there and then was my executive officer for the first fifteen months of the surge. I am confident that his firsthand account of that chapter of our involvement in Iraq will contribute enormously to the understanding of what our military men and women—and their coalition, Iraqi, and civilian partners—accomplished in 2007 and 2008. It is gratifying to see their exceptional work recounted by one who was there and who has the academic expertise and military understanding to provide context to their achievements and depth of understanding to their sacrifices. This superb account of a critical period will inform scholarship on the Iraq War for years to come.”—General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus
Praise for Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq
"Unflinching. . . . [Mansoor] tells the story of that fateful first year in Iraq from the point of view of one who saw decisions being made at the highest echelons, yet led soldiers in executing those orders day by day."—Bill Murphy, Washington Post
"Colonel Mansoor displays the knowledge of a soldier alongside the narrative gifts of a true historian, weaving dramatic events together, capturing the thoughts and emotions of street-level fighters, and describing Iraqi society as it tries to emerge from the maelstrom of war."—Mark Moyar, Wall Street Journal
“Destined to be studied in war colleges for generations. . . . A far better guide to counterinsurgency warfare than the official manual published by the Army and Marines."—Ralph Peters, New York Post

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Product Details

  • Series: Yale Library of Military History
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300172354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300172355
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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