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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (7 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: February 2009 ISBN: 9781101043974
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Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks’s #1 New York Times bestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq—The Gamble is the next news breaking installment

Thomas E. 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, examining 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. Underscoring his new and unorthodox approach, three of his key advisers are quirky foreigners—an Australian infantryman-turned- anthropologist, an antimilitary British woman who is an expert in the Middle East, and a Mennonite-educated Palestinian pacifist.

The Gamble offers news-breaking account, 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. The Gamble examines the congressional hearings through the eyes of Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and their views of the questions posed by the 2008 presidential candidates.

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.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Rick | 8/17/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/16/2010

    " Sorry, but this was just too depressing, even thought I think Ricks was pretty optomistic about how it will turn out, thinking that lessons were learned about "nation building". I got about 1/2 thru the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 4/28/2010

    " This is a follow on to Ricks' Fiasco about the invasion of Iran. This is how Patreaus formulated and implemented his strategy for winning over the populace of Iraq, how and why it worked, and why it was not tried years before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoltin | 4/12/2010

    " Good insight but it seemed repetitive and could have been more concise. "

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About the Author

Thomas E. Ricks is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor for Foreign Policy magazine, where he writes the blog The Best Defense. He covered the US military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999, he had the same beat at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize–winning teams, he has covered US military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Gamble and the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

James Lurie has worked for the biggest companies in the news, entertainment, and advertising businesses. He has an eclectic background; he’s been a musician, a writer, and a doctoral candidate in Chinese history. He’s even been the voice of a talking gasoline pump. As an actor he has had recurring roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Law & Order, Picket Fences, and As the World Turns, to name but a few, and he won a Dramalogue Award in Los Angeles for his stage work.