My review of “Fiasco” by Thomas E. Ricks

Essential reading. A sobering retelling of the missteps that led us into Iraq and created the disastrous situation in that country after our invasion.

I held off on reading this book for a long time; following our recent election I decided the time had come, so I doubled up on my blood pressure meds and dove in. That proved a wise precaution, because my anger at the callous and inept way in which political and military leaders fumbled, bumbled and outright deceived has hardly abated.

I knew most of the salient facts (and opposed our intervention in Iraq) but this clear-eyed book lays everything out in a very readable and highly concise fashion. It is impossible for me to believe anyone — regardless of political party or leaning — who reads this book can come away with any other impression of our intervention in Iraq than that is so accurately encompassed in the title Fiasco.

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4 responses to “My review of “Fiasco” by Thomas E. Ricks

  1. “The Gamble” by Ricks is an excellent follow up. I’ve read a number of books on OIF and for my money “Fiasco” and “The Gamble” are the two best. http://www.amazon.com/The-Gamble-Petraeus-Adventure-2006-2008/dp/1594201978

  2. You are welcome, sir, and thank you. Also greatly enjoyed (and posted link on this blog) your article “General Failure” from The Atlantic. I will follow with “The Gamble” and “The Generals” in due time.

  3. Pingback: The Best I Read in 2012 | Scott Whitmore, writer

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