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Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks's #1 New York Times best seller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq - The Gamble is the next news-breaking installment.

Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to document the inside story of the Iraq War since late 2005 as only he can. He examines the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began.

Since early 2007, a new military order has directed American strategy. Some top U.S. officials now in Iraq actually opposed the 2003 invasion, and almost all are severely critical of how the war was fought from then through 2006. At the core of the story is General David Petraeus, a military intellectual who has gathered around him an unprecedented number of officers with both combat experience and Ph.D.s.

The Gamble offers news breaking information, revealing behind-the-scenes disagreements between top commanders. We learn that almost every single officer in the chain of command fought the surge. Many of Petraeus's closest advisers went to Iraq extremely pessimistic, doubting that the surge would have any effect, and his own boss was so skeptical that he dispatched an admiral to Baghdad in the summer of 2007 to come up with a strategy to replace Petraeus's. That same boss later flew to Iraq to try to talk Petraeus out of his planned congressional testimony.

For Petraeus, prevailing in Iraq means extending the war. Thomas E. Ricks concludes that the war is likely to last another five to ten years - and that that outcome is a best case scenario. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered by us and by the world have not yet happened. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marlene | 12/11/2010

    " This book was more insightful than Fiasco, for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher | 9/7/2010

    " More of a tick-tock than Fiasco, thus lacking in some of its insightful nature. There are still tons of illuminating details nonetheless, and Ricks generally manages to keep his rampant man-crush on Petraeus from stealing center-stage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 9/6/2010

    " This is the follow up to Fiasco and is as engrossing as the first book. Because it covers a shorter period of time it feels like less happens, but at the same time I think the writing is a bit stronger and more coherent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rick | 8/17/2010

    " Very interesting account of the surge in Iraq, but I still don't agree with his conclusion. "

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