Monday, August 28, 2006

10 Non-Iraq Books for Understanding Iraq

Thomas E. Ricks has been a longtime military correspondent for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and his new book, 'Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq' ; , is the most thorough and devastating critique yet of what he calls the "American military adventure" in Iraq. In his account, perhaps the greatest strategic error the U.S. made was failing to recognize the insurgency as it began and using traditional military means to fight it. As he writes, many officers scrambled to find classic analyses of past counterinsurgencies to understand how best to fight this new war, and here he shares with us the 10 books not about Iraq he found most useful in understanding the war there. As he notes, "most were recommended to me by thoughtful military officers or counterinsurgency experts."

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