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Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (The Yale Library of Military History) Kindle Edition
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Finalist for the 2013 Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
Surge is an insider’s view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War. After exploring the dynamics of the war during its first three years, the book takes the reader on a journey to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the controversial new US Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, DC, and the halls of the Pentagon, where the joint chiefs of staff struggled to understand the conflict; to the streets of Baghdad, where soldiers worked to implement the surge and reenergize the flagging war effort before the Iraqi state splintered; and to the halls of Congress, where Amb. Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus testified in some of the most contentious hearings in recent history.
Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, General Petraeus, and other US and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington.
“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
"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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Peter R. Mansoor is a retired United States Army officer, military historian, and commentator on national security affairs in the media. He is known primarily as the executive officer to General David Petraeus during the Iraq War, particularly the Iraq War troop surge of 2007.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00FOR56VW
- Publisher : Yale University Press (October 29, 2013)
- Publication date : October 29, 2013
- Language : English
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- Print length : 398 pages
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Written with emotion, we get the facts nonetheless. The advantage of this chronicle is the proximity the author had to the men in charge and the politicians that could at any moment pull the plug on a supreme effort. What I will remember most about this book was how the author helped his superior, General Petraeus prepare a good argument for the Congress on how things were going and why we should continue with the Surge, then along with Ambassador Crocker then spent hours having to listen to members of Congress bash the policy of his Commander in Chief.
I thought the conduct of Senator Clinton and Senator Obama were unforgiveable, using all their time allotted to probe these men for answers to assist them in deciding what to do to instead declare the surge a failure. I came away with the sense these people did not really care what the soldiers and diplomats were trying to salvage in Iraq, but just wanted to use their presence to grandstand their own ideas. It was just pathetic to read about that conduct. Judging from what I see on C-Span I don't think it was inaccurate.
I drop a star because I thought the book read a little like a Tom Clancy novel; all the soldiers are good, the marriages solid, the fight complex with some allies in unpredictable places. While it was refreshing to see an endorsement of President Bush and reflect on the courage he showed to correct the flawed decision to invade initially, events that have transpired for the other hero in the book, General Petraeus, that bring him back to mere mortal status. He is after all, just a man, but a remarkable man nonetheless.
The reader will be put in the inner councils of the Army in Iraq. You will get an understanding of the difficulty of the surge. General Petraeus had to not only navigate dangerous Iraq he had to overcome hazardous Washington too. The author breaks down the event to give a very comprehensive look at the event. You will hear of the operational demands but also how things like internal Iraqi politics contributed or hindered victory. His analysis of Iraqi President Maliki's political work during the surge has the seeds of the current problems Iraq faced. He never quite created a sense of unity among the different groups then.
The book also illustrates how staffs support VIPs. I think his stories of how the personal staff to the General operated can have lessons for staffs of large organizations of all types here in the states.
This book covers the period of the “surge” of the Iraq War. But unlike Professor Mansoor's earlier, superb book (Baghdad at Sunrise) this is not really a memoir. It is superb history. But I must caution potential readers. It is, by necessity, written in the first person which is not characteristic of most history and that takes a little adjustment. And if you are a political animal you could feel distracted by his calling-out of politicians that play to their political base during congressional hearings. Perhaps that is the soldier (with their almost pathological belief in individual accountability) coming out in the author. I happen to agree with him (for the most part) but others will not. And it is a relatively small part of the book. I address it because such hearings are about the only peek that most people ever get into the personalities of our military leaders. And because of that one can have a visceral reaction.
What is important is the even-handed, detailed portrayal of the “Surge”. If you are interested in military history and no matter where you fall on the “wisdom” of the Iraq War, you should read this. It details how strategy and policy are implemented into operational and tactical reality and covers all of the events and personalities, both famous and obscure, that were involved. As an example, then-Colonel Mansoor relates the importance of managing the flow of information to a general in a war zone because there is just so much of it. How even he, as both gatekeeper and “hatchet-man” (General Petraeus' description) rarely had an opportunity to express his personal opinion. That is both a telling admission and explanation.
I am tempted to compare it to Albert Speer's Inside the Third Reich but that would be misleading because Speer was never a military man and this is written much more “from the inside” of a military campaign rather than a man trying to justify the fact that he was an enabler of the Nazi War Machine.
I purchased the audio book and then the hard cover and found them both terrific.
- Don Middleton
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Mansoor brings a credible sense of the way things unfolded and doesn't spare a lot of punches about certain
senior figures (and some people who are even more senior now). A lot of the book is taken up with the behind the scenes
of an army engaged in figuring out not just who but how to fight. Well worth the price for an inside look at
a critical time in 21st century America.