Cobra II : The Inside Story of the Invasion And Occupation of Iraq (Hardcover)

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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.

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Great Book and not skewed to any side

by rhoadsdee@yahoo.com on 4/16/2006

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. Read More

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From the Publisher:
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.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375422621
SKU 31259851
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0375422625
Release Date 3/14/2006
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.75L x 1.75T
Praise
"[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."
"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."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Informed by unparalleled access to still-secret documents, interviews with top field commanders, and a review of the military?s own internal after-action reports, Cobra II is the definitive chronicle of America?s invasion and occupation of Iraq--a conflict that could not be lost but one that the United States failed to win decisively. From the Pentagon to the White House to the American command centers in the field, the book reveals the inside story of how the war was actually planned and fought. Drawing on classified United States government intelligence, it also provides a unique account of how Saddam Hussein and his high command developed and prosecuted their war strategy. |Written by Michael R. Gordon, the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, who spent the war with the Allied land command, and Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and former director of the National Security Program at Harvard University?s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cobra II traces the interactions among the generals, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and President George W. Bush. It dramatically reconstructs the principal battles from interviews with those who fought them, providing reliable accounts of the clashes waged by conventional and Special Operations forces. It documents with precision the failures of American intelligence and the mistakes in administering postwar Iraq.||Unimpeachably sourced, Cobra II describes how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency that followed. The brutal aftermath in Iraq was not inevitable and was a surprise to the generals on both sides; Cobra II provides the first authoritative account as to why. It is a book of enduring importance and incisive analysis--a comprehensive account of the most reported yet least understood war in American history.
Annotation 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.
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