The Endgame

The Endgame

The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, From George W. Bush to Barack Obama

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307377227
Characteristics: xix, 779 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Trainor, Bernard E. 1928-2018


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Jul 18, 2013

One conflict averted, others surely waiting.

Jul 12, 2013

We are not winning, but we're not losing.

Jul 12, 2013

We have a short-war strategy for a long war.


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May 31, 2019

This is a great, and incredibly detailed account of what happened in Iraq. From the pre-war ramp up that was malformed, to the actual post-invasion decisions that all seemed to be designed in a vacuum or without a general understanding of Iraq. It's a long and detailed read but it's scope, and information is a must read to gain an understanding of the impact of the war.

Jul 12, 2013

The switch from the strategy of a speedy transition to a prolonged and intensive rebuilding of the Iraqi state caught commanders in the field by surprise and laid the ground work for persistant friction between the military and Bremer's CPA.


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