Military history

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

Fully document the inside story of the Iraq war since late 2005, The Gamble is the definitive account of the insurgency within the U.S. military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy. Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, Ricks examines the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Part I: THE OLD WAR ENDS

Chapter 1: THINGS FALL APART

Chapter 2: HOW TO FIGHT THIS WAR

Chapter 3: KEANE TAKES COMMAND

Chapter 4: A STRATEGY IS BORN

Part II: A NEW WAR BEGINS

Chapter 5: IF YOU’RE SO SMART . . .

Chapter 6: GAMBLING ON A “SHITTY HAND”

Chapter 7: SIGNS OF LIFE IN BAGHDAD

Chapter 8: THE DOMESTIC OPPOSITION COLLAPSES

Part III: WAR WITHOUT END

Chapter 9: THE TWILIGHT ZONE

Chapter 10: BIG WASTA

Chapter 11: AFTER THE SURGE

Chapter 12: OBAMA’S WAR

EPILOGUE: THE LONG WAR

AFTERWORD: THE UNRAVELING

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