Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

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Yale University Press, Oct 29, 2013 - History - 398 pages
“The definitive account . . . A fascinating combination of grand strategy and personal vignettes” (Max Boot, The Wall Street Journal).
Finalist for the 2013 Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
Surge is an insider’s view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War. After exploring the dynamics of the war during its first three years, the book takes the reader on a journey to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the controversial new US Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, DC, and the halls of the Pentagon, where the joint chiefs of staff struggled to understand the conflict; to the streets of Baghdad, where soldiers worked to implement the surge and reenergize the flagging war effort before the Iraqi state splintered; and to the halls of Congress, where Amb. Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus testified in some of the most contentious hearings in recent history.

Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, General Petraeus, and other US and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington.

“This is one of the best books to emerge from the Iraq War. I expect it will be remembered as one of the most insightful accounts from an insider of the key ‘surge’ phase of that conflict. The chapter on the Sunni Awakening especially stands out as a terrific overview of that critical development.” —Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco

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Deeply controversial at the time, the surge ended up being the most successful phase of the Iraq War, according to one of its architects.Mansoor (Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq ... Read full review


Foreword by David Petraeus
Baghdad February 11 2007
The Surge in Retrospect
Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq
MultiNational ForceIraq Commanders Counterinsurgency
Security Incidents in Iraq

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Peter R. Mansoor is the General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History at the Ohio State University and a retired US Army colonel. He lives in Dublin, OH.

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