Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

by Michael R. Gordon

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Written by the chief military correspondent of the New York Times and a prominent retired Marine general, this is the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.A stunning work of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting detail how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency that followed. As Gordon and Trainor show, the brutal aftermath was not inevitable and was a surprise to the generals on both sides. Based on access to unseen documents and exclusive interviews with the men and women at the heart of the war, Cobra II provides firsthand accounts of the fighting on the ground and the high-level planning behind the scenes. Now with a new afterword that addresses what transpired after the fateful events of the summer of 2003, this is a peerless re-creation and analysis of the central event of our times.

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  • On Oct 01 2010 Tom Copeland (USCG) read this book and commented:

    A well documented study of the early days of the Iraq war. Comes down especially hard on L. Paul Bremer; from this account it seems that he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Rumsfeld also comes in for a pummeling. Generally, don't look for kind words in this book for anyone above O-5. But definitely worth a read.