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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0375422625
ISBN-13: 9780375422621
Sku: 31259851
Publish Date: 3/14/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.75L x 1.75T
Pages:  480
Age Range:  NA
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The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

There have been many reports about the Iraq war and the vicissitudes of the American occupation, yet none heretofore has been informed by the inside story. Rendered fairly and documented impressively, it offers a galvanizing account of the strategy, the personalities, the actual battles, the diplomacy, the adversary, and the occupation.

COBRA II is stunning work of investigative journalism by Michael Gordon, the chief military correspondent of The New York Times, winner of the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting in 1989 and the one and only correspondent embedded in Allied land command; and General Bernard E. Trainor, former military correspondent for The New York Times and current military analyst for NBC. Brimming with new and compromising disclosures, the book promises to be a singularly authoritative and comprehensive account of the planning and prosecution of the Iraq war.

Michael Gordon had unparallel access to top military brass and was in the war room with Tommy Franks, Donald Rumsfeld and the field generals who were key in the formulation and execution of the war strategy. He has interviewed an extraordinary range of officials, including Franks himself, Condoleezza Rice, Steve Hadley, Paul Wolfowitz, Marc Grossman (the third ranking State Department official), Jerry Bremer, General Meyers (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), as well as virtually every general, regimental commander and brigade commander. He has had access to classified military and diplomatic documents, military archives and internal after-action reports and oral histories not meant for public consumption.

About the Author:
Michael Gordon is the chief military correspondent for The New York Times. Since he joined the newspaper in 1985, he has covered arms control, the proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons and other security issues. Mr. Gordon has been posted in Washington, Moscow and London and has covered the United States intervention in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf War, the Kosovo conflict, NATO's military deployment in Macedonia, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the Russian invasion of Chechnya, among other conflicts. Mr. Gordon is the co-author, along with Bernard E. Trainor, of The Generals' War, a critically acclaimed account of the Persian Gulf conflict.

Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, was a military correspondent for The New York Times from 1986-1990. He was the Director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1990-1996. Currently a military analyst for NBC, Trainor lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

This military history of the 2003 invasion of Iraq is a comprehensive account based on interviews with key players in Washington and Baghdad, along with access to documents and war reports on battles-in-progress, follow-up studies, and the author's long-term connections to officers and other soldiers, some now retired. Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor recount in great detail the Pentagon planning and its coordination with the White House, as well on as key battles and information on the intelligence-gathering prior to and during the conflict, including new information about Saddam Hussein?s war plans. COBRA II is a generally accessible account for those interested in both the military and the historical aspects of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and for those interested in comparing the successful invasion and the troubled occupation that followed.


"[A] magisterial history....With mountains of fresh detail on the war's planning and progress, and judicious analysis, COBRA II, named after the invasion's code-name, will be hard to improve upon." 04/08/2006

"Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor's book about the invasion of Iraq, COBRA II is everything that the Bush administration's plan for the war was not. It is meticulously organized, shuns bluff and bombast for lapidary statements, and is largely impervious to attack.....[T]he authors seem to have been everywhere and talked to everybody. No Pentagon source appears to have been too minor to track down, no plan too recondite to assess, no military acronym too obscure to explain. [Gordon and Trainor] have produced another must-read." - Jacob Heilbrunn 04/30/2006

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