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Product Description: *A New York Times bestseller*Under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog. Without warning an insurgent popped up, his weapon raised. At the handler's command, the dog charged their attacker...read more
By Thomas E. Ricks (foreword by)

Hardcover:

9781137279682 | St Martins Pr, October 14, 2014, cover price $26.00

Paperback:

9781250075079 | Griffin, October 13, 2015, cover price $15.99 | About this edition: *A New York Times bestseller*Under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog.

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author -- History has been kind to the American generals of World War II and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. Setting out to explain why, Thomas E. Ricks cites a widening gulf between performance and accountability. Then, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. Today, as one American colonel said bitterly, "A private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war. "

Hardcover:

9781410454706 | Large print edition (Thorndike Pr, February 6, 2013), cover price $31.99 | About this edition: A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author -- History has been kind to the American generals of World War II and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed.
9781594204043 | Penguin Pr, October 30, 2012, cover price $32.95

Paperback:

9780143124092 | Reprint edition (Penguin USA, October 29, 2013), cover price $18.00

CD/Spoken Word:

9781470817275 | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, October 30, 2012), cover price $32.95

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[Audiobook CD Library Edition in vinyl case.] From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble comes an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. History has been kinder to the American generals of World War II -- Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley -- than to the generals of the wars that followed. Is this merely nostalgia? In The Generals, Thomas E. Ricks answers the question definitively: No, it is not -- in no small part because of a widening gulf between performance and accountability. During the Second World War, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. Today as one American colonel said bitterly during the Iraq War, ''As matters stand now, a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war.'' In The Generals we meet great leaders and suspect ones, generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers. Marshall and Eisenhower cast long shadows over this story, but no single figure is more inspiring than Marine General O. P. Smith, whose fighting retreat from the Chinese onslaught into Korea in the winter of 1950 snatched a kind of victory from the jaws of annihilation. But Smith's courage and genius in the face of one of the grimmest scenarios the marines have ever faced only cast the shortcomings of the people who put him there in sharper relief. If Korea showed the first signs of a culture that neither punished mediocrity nor particularly rewarded daring, the Vietnam War saw American military leadership bottom out. The My Lai massacre is held up as the emblematic event of this dark chapter of our history. In the wake of Vietnam, a battle for the soul of the US Army was waged with impressive success. It became a transformed institution, reinvigorated from the bottom up. But if the body was highly toned, its head still suffered from familiar problems, resulting in leadership that, from the first Iraq War through to the present, was tactically savvy but strategically obtuse -- one that would win battles but would end wars badly. Thomas E. Ricks has made a close study of America's military leaders for three decades, and in his hands this story resounds with larger meaning: the transmission of values, strategic thinking, the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails. Military history of the highest quality, The Generals is also essential reading for anyone with an interest in the difference between good leaders and bad ones.

CD/Spoken Word:

9781470817282 | Mp3 una edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, October 30, 2012), cover price $29.95
9781470817268, titled "The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today: Library Edition" | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, October 30, 2012), cover price $118.00 | About this edition: [Audiobook CD Library Edition in vinyl case.

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Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks’s #1 New York Times bestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq—The Gamble is the next news breaking installment Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to document the inside story of the Iraq War since late 2005 as only he can, examining the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began. Since early 2007 a new military order has directed American strategy. Some top U.S. officials now in Iraq actually opposed the 2003 invasion, and almost all are severely critical of how the war was fought from then through 2006. At the core of the story is General David Petraeus, a military intellectual who has gathered around him an unprecedented number of officers with both combat experience and Ph.D.s. Underscoring his new and unorthodox approach, three of his key advisers are quirky foreigners—an Australian infantryman-turned- anthropologist, an antimilitary British woman who is an expert in the Middle East, and a Mennonite-educated Palestinian pacifist. The Gamble offers news-breaking account, revealing behind-the-scenes disagreements between top commanders. We learn that almost every single officer in the chain of command fought the surge. Many of Petraeus’s closest advisers went to Iraq extremely pessimistic, doubting that the surge would have any effect, and his own boss was so skeptical that he dispatched an admiral to Baghdad in the summer of 2007 to come up with a strategy to replace Petraeus’s. That same boss later flew to Iraq to try to talk Petraeus out of his planned congressional testimony. The Gamble examines the congressional hearings through the eyes of Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and their views of the questions posed by the 2008 presidential candidates. For Petraeus, prevailing in Iraq means extending the war. Thomas E. Ricks concludes that the war is likely to last another five to ten years—and that that outcome is a best case scenario. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that “the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered by us and by the world have not yet happened.”

Hardcover:

9781594201974 | Penguin Pr, February 10, 2009, cover price $27.95
9781410414113 | Large print edition (Thorndike Pr, February 10, 2009), cover price $32.95 | About this edition: Fiasco, Thomas E.

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Product Description: Abridged CDs • 8 CDs, 10 hoursFiasco, Thomas E. Ricks’s #1 New York Times bestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq—The Gamble is the next news-breaking installment.
By James Lurie (narrator) and Thomas E. Ricks

CD/Spoken Word:

9780143144106 | Abridged edition (Penguin/Highbridge, February 10, 2009), cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Abridged CDs • 8 CDs, 10 hoursFiasco, Thomas E.

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An inside look at the Marine Corps follows one year in the lives of a single platoon of raw Marine recruits, from their arrival on Parris Island to their first full year as members of the Corps, in a tenth anniversary edition that features a new afterword by the author. Reissue. 35,000 first printing.

Hardcover:

9780684831091 | Scribner, November 1, 1997, cover price $24.00 | About this edition: An inside look at the Marine Corps follows one year in the lives of a single platoon of raw Marine recruits, from their arrival on Parris Island to their first full year as members of the Corps

Paperback:

9781416544500 | Anv rep edition (Scribner, July 31, 2007), cover price $16.00 | About this edition: An inside look at the Marine Corps follows one year in the lives of a single platoon of raw Marine recruits, from their arrival on Parris Island to their first full year as members of the Corps, in a tenth anniversary edition that features a new afterword by the author.
9780684848174 | Scribner, October 1, 1998, cover price $15.00 | About this edition: An inside look at the Marine Corps follows one year in the lives of a single platoon of raw Marine recruits, from their arrival on Parris Island to their first full year as members of the Corps

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A powerful novel from one of the nation's most respected military journalists exposes the 'culture wars' raging within the Pentagon as two young combat officers, Majors Cindy Sherman and Bud Lewis, discover the dangerous politics within the military and become embroiled in a deadly game that holds the future of the American military hostage. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Paperback:

9780375760204 | Reprint edition (Random House Inc, June 1, 2002), cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Two young combat officers, Majors Cindy Sherman and Bud Lewis, discover the dangerous politics within the military and become embroiled in a deadly game that holds the future of the American military hostage.

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A powerful novel from one of the nation's most respected military journalists exposes the 'culture wars' raging within the Pentagon as two young combat officers, Majors Cindy Sherman and Bud Lewis, discover the dangerous politics within the military and become embroiled in a deadly game that holds the future of the American military hostage. 75,000 first printing.

Hardcover:

9780375505447 | Random House Inc, May 1, 2001, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: Two young combat officers, Majors Cindy Sherman and Bud Lewis, discover the dangerous politics within the military and become embroiled in a deadly game that holds the future of the American military hostage.

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