Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize One of the Washington Post Book World’s 10 Best Books of the Year One of Time’s 10 Best Books of the Year USA Today’s. This is the Story of The American Military Adventure in Iraq. The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell, which has never been told before, is that of a Military. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in ‘Fiasco’, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the- record.

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I guess they would even be grateful that I have been proven wrong. Again, though, we need to see how history works itself out.

How does Ricks prove his case? But we blew opportunity after opportunity to do the right thing, and it really is unredeemable now.

An excellent, clear-sighted, and well-named review of the numerous and heretofore less well known derelictions which contributed so much to the conflict in Ricsk.

Yes, the failures were outlined and yes, a lot of bad things have gone on over there. The book alleges that the planning of the Iraq fiasc was mismanaged by both the Bush administration as well as the U. But it gets worse! Sep 21, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: Containment and Its Discontents. Great innovation rarely occurs at the center, a strength of the West in general and the U. His especially tone-deaf handling of the Abu Grahib scandal was really damaging to US credibility.

Thomas Ricks’ Fiasco,reviewed.

This work was anything except a “manifesto” or one journalist’s “take” on the war and its origins coming primarily from his own perspective with little regard to what the relevant actors had to say about it.

Ricks also gives plenty of space to considering standard counter-arguments and perspectives other than those he and many of his military sources hold e. I learned more about some of the military people involved in the war Generals Franks, Petraeus, Odierno, Sanchez, McMaster than I knew before and that alone was worth the price. I had initially “read” the audio book of Ricks’ follow-up to this book, The Gambleand was impressed enough to get the print version of Fiasco.


Other evil dudes in this book are Rumsfeld, the most arrogant, opinionated, self righteous prick of the 21st century; Paul Bremer, the ambassador who was always at war with the military and who was a bumbling fool, Iraqi exile Chalabi, who may have been working with the insurgents even as we tried to make him president, and military officers Sanchez, Franks, and Meyers.

And none of them will be held accountable and several of them have retired and are living lives of comfort, and dabbing in oils read George W. And it may leave your hand shaking just a bit when you finish and put it down.

Thomas Ricks’ book, Fiasco, was part of eicks increasing body of literature, featuring more and more books based on the words and experiences of insiders, government and military officials talking after the fact, raising questions about the wisdom of the original decision to invade Iraq and the occupation and “nation-building” efforts thereafter. We probably need a bit more time to see how things end up, but many of the negative analyses, such as Ricks’, may well have been too negative.

Refresh and rick again. It takes more than one person to make a mess as big fiwsco Iraq. Topics Politics books The Observer. Rumsfield, understandably, is put under the microscope, not a pretty sight at all- arogance personified. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks

This administration should truly be ashamed of itself. Sanchez’s imagination-free leadership led to the rise ffiasco I listened to an abridged version of this on CD. Now that the damage is starting to be cleaned up, I am cautiously optimistic, but there is still too much to be done here. Still, the early chapters stood out to me vividly as I can recall in detail the public debate such that it was!


The only consolation is that Iraq became relatively more stable after the US corrected many mistakes it committed in Other than a few brief sentances stating that he was more effective than Paul Bremer we learn nothing of him other than that he was involved in a “successful” counter insurgency in Central America.

Thomas Ricks’ Fiasco,reviewed.

Books by Thomas E. Nonetheless, this work, in combination with others that have appeared, raises interesting and important questions and is an important work to explore.

Ricks covered the U. While I don’t think it was the author’s express intention to giasco a case for the criminal prosecution of President George W. Donald Rumsfeld, everyone’s favourite figure of hate, departed the scene. Ricks, and in ‘Fiasco’, Tiasco combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

View all 40 comments. Like Halberstam, Ricks shows a passion for his subject material combined with a clarity and persuasiveness in his analysis. There is also an impression that Bremer was something of a loose cannon, the President and the Government back in the U.

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I think, as I have for years, that they were unfairly thrown into a disaster waiting to happen. It was also striking to see the famous pre-war statements from Wolfowitz, including his Dec. S Government could possibly have led the country to a invade Iraq on the basis of faulty, faulty intelligence and b conduct such an fiasfo execution of the war and its follow-on.

And maybe there are others.