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The Strongest Tribe : War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq (Hardcover)

Author: West, Bing

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During the fierce battle for Fallujah, Bing West asked an Iraqi colonel why the arch-terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had fled in women's clothes. The colonel pointed to a Marine patrol walking by and said, "You Americans are the strongest tribe."
In Iraq, the United States made mistake after mistake. Many Americans gave up on the war. Then the war took a sharp U-turn. Two generals - David Petraeus and Raymond Odlerno - displayed the leadership America expected. Bringing the reader from the White House to the fighting in the streets, this narrative explains the turnaround by U.S. forces.
In the course of fourteen extended trips over five years, Bing West embedded with more than sixty front-line units, discussing strategy with generals and tactics with corporals. Disposing of myths, he provides an expert's account of the counterinsurgency. By describing the characters and combat in city after city, West gives the reader an in-depth understanding that will inform debate about the war.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400067015
SKU 207981038
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1400067014
Release Date 8/12/2008
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