Thomas E. Ricks

Books by Thomas E. Ricks

Thomas E. Ricks has written 4 books that appear on various military reading lists. Here are those books along with the lists that included them, past and present.

Book cover for The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

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  • On Jun 29 2017 dugnforthunt (USN) read this book
  • On Feb 22 2017 cynic2 read this book and commented:

    A very good read on an interesting topic. The book traces how General Marshall's influence in tge training and selection of officers lead to general officers who excelled in tactics but could not operate strategically.

  • On Oct 24 2014 kcholbert (USAF) read this book
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Book cover for Making the Corps

Making the Corps

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Book cover for Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005

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Book cover for The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

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  • On Oct 28 2013 colleen (USA) read this book
  • On Nov 07 2010 Tom Copeland (USCG) read this book and commented:

    This book explains the story behind the surge - who supported it, who opposed it, and why it was a good move but may not be able to win the war. There's a good discussion on how the war aims have been slowly racheted down from "democracy in the middle east" to "secure and sustainable". Ricks talks about how Gen. Odierno's tactics have evolved over the course of the war. Good stuff!

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