The End Game: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama

The End Game The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq from George W Bush to Barack Obama Eagerly anticipated in the wake of their national best seller Cobra II The superb must read military history of the invasion of Iraq Thomas L Friedman The Endgame is Michael R Gordon and General Be

  • Title: The End Game: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama
  • Author: Michael R. Gordon Bernard E. Trainor
  • ISBN: 9780307377227
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eagerly anticipated in the wake of their national best seller Cobra II The superb, must read military history of the invasion of Iraq Thomas L Friedman , The Endgame is Michael R Gordon and General Bernard E Trainor s most ambitious and news breaking book to date A peerless work of investigative journalism and historical recreation ranging from 2003 to 2012, it giveEagerly anticipated in the wake of their national best seller Cobra II The superb, must read military history of the invasion of Iraq Thomas L Friedman , The Endgame is Michael R Gordon and General Bernard E Trainor s most ambitious and news breaking book to date A peerless work of investigative journalism and historical recreation ranging from 2003 to 2012, it gives us the first comprehensive, inside account of arguably the most widely reported yet least understood war in American history from the occupation of Iraq to the withdrawal of American troops Prodigiously researched, The Endgame is not only based on an abundance of highly classified, still secret government documents but is also brilliantly informed by access to key figures in the White House, the military, the State and Defense departments, the intelligence community, and, most strikingly, by extensive interviews with both Sunni and Shiite leaders, key Kurdish politicians, tribal sheikhs, former insurgents, Sadrists, and senior Iraqi military officers, whose insights about critical turning points and previously unknown decisions made during the war have heretofore been conspicuously missing from the media s coverage of it The Endgame is riveting as a blow by blow chronicle of the fighting It is also relentlessly revealing, as it deftly pieces together the puzzle of the prosecution of American, Iraqi, and Iranian objectives, and the diplomatic intrigue and political struggle within Iraq since the American invasion.

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    1. There is a Japanese proverb which goes “Vision without action is a daydream; but action without vision is a nightmare.” It serves, so far as I am concerned, as the prefect epitaph for the Second Iraq War. I cannot conceive of any action in either American or British history more abysmal than the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It was a monumental error of judgement, the consequences of which are likely to remain with us for generations to come.Simon Heffer and Charles Moore, two of my favourite press [...]

    2. Full discloure: I was interviewed by Mr. Gordon and Mr. Morgan for this book. This book is at it's best describing the events surrounding 'the surge' and most insightful, from my standpoint, describing the Iraqi political manuevering that went on throughout the period and the innovative approach taken by many US units in finding a way to succeed. As one of those on the ground, this book helps piece together the various Iraqi political issues we dealt with at the ground level into a more cohesive [...]

    3. "You've got to get better at looking around corners."-SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld, to General George Casey, regarding the latter's request to extend the already-redeploying 172nd Stryker Brigade to a 16 month tour in 2006This quote could serve as a metaphor for the entire war.

    4. Gordon and Trainor have done it again! When I heard this book was coming out, having devoured the previous installment on the Iraq War, "Cobra II," I knew I had to read this one as well. I was not disappointed. They cover 2003-2012, and I almost felt myself having flashbacks to al Anbar province when they talked about 2005-06 in places like Ramadi and Fallujah, where I served. These guys have the story straight, at least the parts that I witnessed myself. I'd highly recommend picking this book u [...]

    5. A fantastic book on Iraq that sets out the key events following the 2003 invasion until relatively recently. Extremely well-reported, to the point that even the footnotes are fascinating.

    6. Saying that I liked this one misses a bit of nuance to the whole Iraq/USA story, with some good reason. This is a bit like "cleanup" history for the Obama administration had it not been for the minor hiccup of having had to rethink the withdrawal scenario they came up with. The "Endgame" story ends in 2011, being copyrighted in 2012. Oops, things in Iraq weren't quite over yet. I suppose Gordon and Trainor ought to be entitled to a 'do over' 2nd edition at some point that encapsulates the whole [...]

    7. “Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly. It is their war, and you are to help them, not win it for them.” --T.E. LawrenceTitle notwithstanding, The End Game starts from the beginning. The early stuff has been covered elsewhere before, but is appreciated nonetheless. In particular, The End Game is focused on the colonels and generals, rather than, as most of the books on the subject I’ve read, the highest military brass [...]

    8. An impressive history that covers the invasion of Iraq through the final withdrawal of the US military in 2011 - and some of the immediate aftermath. Gordon and Trainor the invasion, insurgency, surge, and drawdown in great historical detail. Their effort largely focuses on the head of state and general-officer level, with only a few forays into company-level anecdotes. What this history does best is identify the opportunities seized and missed during the years the US government occupied Iraq. C [...]

    9. A very well-researched and well-written look at the war. The authors provide an insightful and balanced critique of the Iraq policies of both the Bush and Obama administrations, and are not particularly kind to either. In fact, their strategies weren't all that different. Neither had much taste for a long counterinsurgency, and the Obama team was finishing up a job it didn't want. The authors give a particularly critical assessment of the Obama administration’s approach, and their pick for amb [...]

    10. Gordon and Trainor's End Game provides a valuable, if incomplete, look at the middle and latter stages of the Iraq war. In its attempt to be the second draft of history, it provides more distance than contemporary journalism while still suffering from the limitations of its sources. The authors tout their access to classified material, but the sheer volume of material from modern wars makes any quick look somewhat superficial. Nevertheless, as someone who fought the Iraq war from 2004 to 2009, k [...]

    11. Endgame tells the story of Iraq through the eyes of the key decision-makers in Iraq as they deal with all of the moving parts of the Iraq occupation. The actors in the story are portrayed through the positions they take on policy, and Endgame treats Iraq expertly as a clash of different preferences and priorities - a giant Rubik's Cube of interests that everyone has to twist and turn until enough of the colors line up that the game can end. This book expertly lays out the complexities and challe [...]

    12. This is a comprehensive, and comprehensively detailed, chronicle of events in Iraq from the latter years of the Bush administration into the Obama administration. It is comprehensive and detailed to the point of tedium. My interest tended to wander. I think this is an important collection of data, but you have got to really be invested in that period to absorb and follow it all. I am not - my interest fluctuates with time and events. That makes this a long and occasionally arduous reading experi [...]

    13. The Publisher describes "The End Game" as an ambitious, authoritative and complete description of the Iraq war. This book picks up where the author's earlier book, "Cobra II", which details how we found our way into the war in Iraq, left off. In this latter book, "The End Game" covers the Iraq war primarily from 2006 through 2012, and uses extensive information from U.S. military leaders, politicians, the State Department, Sunni and Sh'ia leaders, as well as insights from Kurdish leaders and low [...]

    14. “Endgame,” the follow up to Michael Gordon and Gen Bernard Trainor's “Cobra II” provides a comprehensive and highly credible narrative of Operations Iraqi Freedom(OIF) (post initial invasion) and New Dawn. As someone with a total 26 months in Iraq over the various phases of OIF, I can say I still learned a lot about the war writ large. Gordon and Trainor covered a lot of information, and they did a commendable job blending the diverse tactical, operational, and strategic aspects of the c [...]

    15. The first effort at a complete history of the Iraq war. It is breathtaking in scope and exhausting in detail. Its flaws are that it reads more like a very long newspaper article than a work of history. There is much reportage; less analysis. The other difficulty is that this book just made me mad at virtually everyone involved. It is astonishing how many things had to go wrong, and how many people had to be complicit, for the war to turn out the way it did. Yes, the surge was necessary and succe [...]

    16. Commentary on Iraq between 204 and 2011, both at macro and micro level. Written mostly from US point of view, it does throw a lot of insight on complications involved in Iraq, a mishmash of ethnic, religious and language based differences, a time bomb. It quotes details which indicate Mr Bush was better in his handling of Iraq (post invasion) than many of us criticise him for. That success, largely has been based on competencies of David Petraeus. Conversely, Mr Obama has been a considerable fai [...]

    17. Gordon recounts the actions and reactions of the long war in Iraq. Focusing more on what happened in the country and what didn't happen, he draws a scary picture of what happens when you "wing it" at a national level.Why I started this book: Downloaded the audio from the library.Why I finished it: Very long and detailed it felt like listening to a college lecture of all the different pieces and people that went into the breakdown of Iraq.

    18. A compellingly detailed account of the Iraq occupation and its difficulties. Gets bogged down at times when its focus gets too macro, particularly when describing specific military battles, but it's hard to fault a book for its specificity when so many of this type offer only broad generalization. My understanding of the difficulty and complexity of building a democratic Iraq was greatly informed.

    19. By turns riveting and illuminating, dispiriting and devastating, Endgame is the single best thing I've read about the Iraq war. The tale it tells ends in 2012, but one cannot understand Iraq's current convulsions without pondering the monumental tome that Gordon and Trainer have so brilliantly researched and written.

    20. A very long book that goes into minute details on the strategic-policy realm of US decision making in Iraq. Tend to get over one's head after a while. But there are many gems hidden within, especially with the declassification of certain documents. My biggest insight really is that it is impossible to separate policy from politics.

    21. Very detailed history that's well written, but a little too detailed for my taste. Consider it a well-made brown stock - a great source to make a flavorful demiglace that has all the necessary ingredients. Worth the read for a comprehensive understanding of Iraq, especially in concert with their first book, Cobra II.

    22. This is a very detailed look at the Iraq war. The details in fact are overwhelming. The narrative could have been streamlined. It is a book for people who already know a great deal about the war. The story had to many threads to keep track of and I would have enjoyed a less detailed more Jisty story. The author has done his homework and I will give him that.

    23. Pretty good explanation for how badly this was managed. I was a bit player in this drama from 2003 to 2005 and was continually frustrated as I didn't understand why we seemed to working against ourselves. Now I see that it was because we WERE! If you want to know the details of how we got sideways and managed to get ourselves out, this is the book.

    24. A massively detailed history of American policies concerning Iraq. In light of current happenings in Iraq, this book is somewhat chilling. This is, it seems to me, the go to book for understanding the particulars of the massive failure US involvement has proven, so far, to be. One can only shake one's head.

    25. Discursive and not well organized; rambling. No overarching perspective provided - kind of reminded me of Woodward. Some interesting vignettes. And helpful in understanding the latest iteration of Iraq's implosion.

    26. Follows the Iraq war blow by blow form Bush to Obamaally changes your perspective on what actually happenst only over there.but in a war in general.It was so unbelievably complicated over thereere really is no way to actually win.Big bookbut learned alot.

    27. It reads like a quickly assembled collection of notes, although it was coherent and cohesive didn't flow like a good story. Great for reference work, though.

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