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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,653 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas E. Ricks Narrator: James Lurie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post senior Pentagon correspondant Thomas E. Ricks’ Fiasco is masterful and explosive reckoning with the planning and execution of the American military invasion and occupation of Iraq, based on the unprecedented candor of key participants.

The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

As many in the military publicly acknowledge here for the first time, the guerrilla insurgency that exploded several months after Saddam's fall was not foreordained. In fact, to a shocking degree, it was created by the folly of the war's architects. But the officers who did raise their voices against the miscalculations, shortsightedness, and general failure of the war effort were generally crushed, their careers often ended. A willful blindness gripped political and military leaders, and dissent was not tolerated.

There are a number of heroes in Fiasco; inspiring leaders from the highest levels of the Army and Marine hierarchies to the men and women whose skill and bravery led to battlefield success in towns from Fallujah to Tall Afar, but again and again, strategic incoherence rendered tactical success meaningless. There was never any question that the U.S. military would topple Saddam Hussein, but as Fiasco shows, there was also never any real thought about what would come next. This blindness has ensured the Iraq war a place in history as nothing less than a fiasco.

Fair, vivid, and devastating, Fiasco is an audiobook whose tragic verdict feels definitive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A 2007 Arthur Ross Book Award Honorable Mention
  • Winner of the 2007 Ambassador Book Award for Current Affairs

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dominique Gomez | 2/19/2014

    " Read if you want to be angry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dan | 2/17/2014

    " I just wish I had read this earlier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Coinboy | 2/15/2014

    " Hubris, and how policy can be hijacked by a few determined individuals. Even Republicans who took heart in Bush/Cheney statements regarding international interventionism are now sickened by their amateurism. I've never believed this was blood for oil, because at least I could respect the pure greed that would represent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna Kubiak | 2/1/2014

    " Along with R. Clark's and B. Woodwards books on this subject, I now feel like I have a pretty good idea about what happened after 9/11 and during the march to war in Iraq. This book has great details about the real snafu in the Bush administration as well as in the military field. All three books show that although our forces tried to win the war, there was no plan for attacking an insurgency or for helping the country after the attack. It saddens me that, after losing so many innocent lives during 9/11, the tragedy was compounded by so many innocent lives being lost during this unnecessary war. This book ends in 2006...I would like to think that the lessons starting to be learned in 2006 were put to use in the years since then. Rumsfield, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Bremer, Rice, Powell, and Tommy Franks should be held accountable for this sham. Bush, unfortunately, is protrayed as an out-of-touch commander in chief in all three books. "

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