As the Nazis began their inexorable advance across northern Europe, Churchill took the reins as prime minister. His one fear was that he was too late to avert disaster.
Thomas E. Ricks, the author of Fiasco and The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and author of Foreign Policy magazine’s Best Defense blog. He was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for a total of 26 years. His new book is The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.
The author of The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today and The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006–2008 picks his favorite books on recent U.S. military history.
As Obama postpones a decision on Afghanistan, he should remember FDR's lessons: bring the country along. Rushing has downsides. And dithering costs troops more than you know.
In an exclusive excerpt from The Gamble, Thomas E. Ricks’s sequel to his No. 1 bestseller Fiasco, the author returns to Iraq in the bloody days before the 2007 surge.
The bestselling author of Fiasco vowed he was done writing about America’s unending war. But in The Gamble, he discovered a new tale: How a small group of people bucked the US military establishment—and did surprisingly well.