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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:
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.
Customer Reviews of Cobra II
Great Book and not skewed to any side4/16/2006
This is a great book if you want to educate yourself in every aspect of the war in Iraq. Written with brevity and from every point of view possible to deliver the best picture of the war's inception and subsequent follow through. All readers interested in finding out the truth will be delighted to know that this book is in fact fair and balanced without any notion of political affiliation. The information is there and it is up to YOU to decide the rightness or wrongness of this war--no hand pulling in this one. Overall, a great read full of episodes--from behind the scenes of the White House's desire for regime change to individual battles fought by the soldiers the administration sent there. Powerful and unbiased, this is essential reading for everyone who cares about the truth and is still on the fence about weather or not we should be there.