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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael R. Gordon Narrator: Craig Wasson Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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Informed by unparalleled access to still-secret documents, interviews with top field commanders, and a review of the military's own internal after-action reports, Cobra II is the definitive chronicle of America's invasion and occupation of Iraq, a conflict that could not be lost but one that the United States failed to win decisively. From the Pentagon to the White House to the American command centers in the field, the book reveals the inside story of how the war was actually planned and fought. Drawing on classified United States government intelligence, it also provides a unique account of how Saddam Hussein and his high command developed and prosecuted their war strategy.

Written by Michael R. Gordon, the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, who spent the war with the Allied land command, and Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and former director of the National Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cobra II traces the interactions among the generals, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and President George W. Bush. It dramatically reconstructs the principal battles from interviews with those who fought them, providing reliable accounts of the clashes waged by conventional and Special Operations forces. It documents with precision the failures of American intelligence and the mistakes in administering postwar Iraq.

Unimpeachably sourced, Cobra II describes how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency that followed. The brutal aftermath in Iraq was not inevitable and was a surprise to the generals on both sides; Cobra II provides the first authoritative account as to why. It is an book of enduring importance and incisive analysis, a comprehensive account of the most reported yet least understood war in American history.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 2/15/2014

    " A necessary book for understanding what happened during the initial years of the war with Saddam Hussein. The blunders committed by the Bush administration were in my view the greatest ever by any wartime president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothyarnold1973 | 1/24/2014

    " A well researched telling of a story we mostly already know. In summation: bad logistical planning, faulty intel, Franks is bad, Rumsfeld is worse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/27/2013

    " From what I've seen, seems to be an accurate account. And if so, it will be an excellent source or 'lessons learned' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 12/8/2013

    " Merp! I voted for George Bush in both 2000 and 2004. This book is essentially about how ideology trumped reality in the USA's foreign policy decision making process from late 2001 to ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ty Lastrapes | 12/5/2013

    " The 1st & the last 3rd of the book is very good at giving a broad overview of the vast number of mistakes of the war. The middle 3rd gets too bogged down into the first days of the way...just skip the entire middle of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristopher | 10/18/2013

    " Written in the shortly after the capture of Hussein, there is alot that we know that did not make the book. From a military history standpoint a very concise in depth look at the years and years of planning that went into the invasion, and in hindsight hints toward the issues in the country that we have faced in the last five years since this publication. More for the history buff and not for the politico. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 10/7/2013

    " A bit dry at points "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 10/4/2013

    " With General Trainor's authoritative inside view, this book gives insights into the administrative machinations behind the war and into the way the upper echelons of the military gave into political pressures. A little dry in the blow-by-blow portions about the war itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/8/2013

    " Read this in July - very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 8/5/2013

    " The military did pretty well; the politicians made a royal mess of it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan | 6/28/2013

    " Very slow to get going but gets moving once the offensive, tagged Cobra 2, gets underway. The revelations regarding the planning, execution and failure to accurately assess the post-invasion (ahem, "liberation") of Iraq is enthralling - and astounding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 6/8/2013

    " Took a Gulf Wars class in college. This was (and should be) required reading. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Check | 5/23/2013

    " It was incredibly informative, a comprehensive look at the invasion and occupation, from Rumsfeld to the privates on the field. It is told from the point of view of a military historian, it is not politically charged and the facts do all the talking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Cumpsty | 5/21/2013

    " this is an incredible piece of journalism. It makes me very afraid to think our country makes such important decisions in this manner. It also makes me understand things in a very different manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrn | 4/3/2013

    " Comprehensive history of the March/April 2003 invasion of Iraq. Outlines the political development leading to war, the formulation and execution of the invasion plan, and the situation on the ground after major combat operations ceased. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Kudo | 3/29/2013

    " Best book about the Iraq war I've read. Read one of them at least. Shit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 12/28/2012

    " A worthy and sobering read for all who have served in Iraq. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/19/2012

    " If you want to know how Iraq went wrong, read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 5/27/2012

    " This book was ok, gives you an insiders look at the planning and execution of the initial invasion but becuase the occupation became the bigger more important story the relevance of this book suffered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth639 | 11/1/2011

    " Really good but I got lost in the battle descriptions. If you have a military background or strong interest you would probably appreciate the detail. I definitely learned more than I ever knew about how military planning, decision-making works. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonard Pierce | 10/19/2011

    " Published early on in the exercise, this was one of the first books about how the invasion of Iraq became a debacle. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be the last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 3/19/2011

    " Very long and very dry at parts. Good account of a mismanaged war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 10/30/2010

    " Required reading for all Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/7/2010

    " A compelling review of the tragedy of the Bush administration, the Neocons, and a looking glass at the failure of a policy and a war the American people never asked for. A very good read,a tribute to our armed forces. Definitely worthwhile to read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Brimmer | 7/5/2010

    " great accounting of what kind of charlie/foxtrot results when the REMF's get to plan military operations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 5/18/2010

    " A necessary book for understanding what happened during the initial years of the war with Saddam Hussein. The blunders committed by the Bush administration were in my view the greatest ever by any wartime president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 4/1/2010

    " Account of early portion of :2nd U.S.-Iraq war. U.S. not expecting unconventional resitatance; U. S. forces enough to occupy Iraq but not to control it. Administration didn't think these problems would arise, but was advised of the probability of these problems.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 2/17/2010

    " I liked the beginning and end, but the middle was filled with the minutiae of the tactical battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 2/4/2010

    " A worthy and sobering read for all who have served in Iraq. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 1/31/2010

    " Very long and very dry at parts. Good account of a mismanaged war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 10/23/2009

    " From what I've seen, seems to be an accurate account. And if so, it will be an excellent source or 'lessons learned' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 9/17/2009

    " Felt a social obligation to understand more about the Iraq war. This certainly did the trick. Not sure how skewed it was; if the author had an agenda or not. It was an informative read, certainly not a light weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth639 | 6/30/2009

    " Really good but I got lost in the battle descriptions. If you have a military background or strong interest you would probably appreciate the detail. I definitely learned more than I ever knew about how military planning, decision-making works. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/15/2009

    " The big to read on the path to the war in Iraq in 2003. The authors did their homework. A lot of missed opportunities IMHO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/27/2009

    "
    great accounting of what kind of charlie/foxtrot results when the REMF's get to plan military operations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 12/20/2008

    " The military did pretty well; the politicians made a royal mess of it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny | 10/28/2008

    " Cobra II illustrates the many failings of the military campaign in Iraq, and reveals that they could possibly have been avoided with just a little more planning. Who'd have thought? It's an excellent read though if you want all the specifics on just how things went wrong, and how badly. "

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