The End Game
The Hidden History of America's Struggle to Build Democracy in IraqBook - 2012
Eagerly anticipated in the wake of their national best seller Cobra II (“The superb, must-read military history of the invasion of Iraq”—Thomas L. Friedman),The Endgame is Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor’s most ambitious and news-breaking book to date. A peerless work of investigative journalism and historical recreation ranging from 2003 to 2012, it gives us the first comprehensive, inside account of arguably the most widely reported yet least understood war in American history—from the occupation of Iraq to the withdrawal of American troops.
Prodigiously researched, The Endgame is not only based on an abundance of highly classified, still-secret government documents but is also brilliantly informed by access to key figures in the White House, the military, the State and Defense departments, the intelligence community, and, most strikingly, by extensive interviews with both Sunni and Shiite leaders, key Kurdish politicians, tribal sheikhs, former insurgents, Sadrists, and senior Iraqi military officers, whose insights about critical turning points and previously unknown decisions made during the war have heretofore been conspicuously missing from the media’s coverage of it.
The Endgame is riveting as a blow-by-blow chronicle of the fighting. It is also relentlessly revealing, as it deftly pieces together the puzzle of the prosecution of American, Iraqi, and Iranian objectives, and the diplomatic intrigue and political struggle within Iraq since the American invasion.
Baker & Taylor
An inside account based on extensive reporting from Iraq between 2006 and 2011 as well as highly classified military and diplomatic information offers insight into the diplomacy and political struggles shaping the war in Iraq as they are viewed by Sunni and Sh'ia leaders and other high-ranking figures. 100,000 first printing.
Building their narrative largely on interviews with US military and government personnel and US government documents (with a smattering of Iraqi interview sources), Gordon (chief military correspondent for The New York Times) and Trainor (a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general who has coauthored two other books with Gordon) reconstruct the events of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The focus of the authors is upon military engagements and the decision-making apparatuses in Baghdad and Washington, and the nexus between the two. As one of the quintessential examples of the practitioners of Pentagon "access journalism," readers may want to caution themselves as to the objectivity and transparency of Gordon's journalism. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An inside account based on extensive reporting from Iraq between 2006 and 2011 as well as highly classified military and diplomatic information offers insight into the political struggles shaping the war in Iraq.