The Secret Way to War
The Downing Street Memo And the Iraq War's Buried History
Paperback ISBN: 1590172078
At the beginning of May 2005, just before the British elections, the London Times published the so-called Downing Street memo, the leaked secret minutes of a July 2002 meeting of senior British foreign policy and security officials. The memo suggested that eight months before the invasion of Iraq, long before weapons inspections resumed, President Bush had already decided on war and to justify it by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and links to terrorists, that the “intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy,” that the US wanted to avoid consulting the UN, and that few plans were being made for the aftermath of war. Largely ignored in the US press for weeks afterward, the memo was finally published, with an extensive commentary by Mark Danner, in The New York Review. Danner wrote two follow-up pieces about the significance of the memo, showing how it proves that Bush had decided to invade Iraq much earlier than he admitted and only agreed to weapons inspections not to avoid war but in the expectation that the Iraqis would invite it by refusing to cooperate. Most important, Danner argues that in the face of such clear evidence of deception, the press, public, and Congress still have not held the administration responsible. The Secret Way to War beings together Mark Danner’s strongly argued analysis of the Downing Street Memo, along with the text of the memo itself and seven other leaked British documents that show Tony Blair’s government struggling to find legal and political rationales and strategies to support regime change in Iraq.
Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Hardcover ISBN: 1400044871
A journalist and former Baghdad bureau chief for The Washington Post furnishes a revealing look at life in Baghdad's Green Zone, the headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq, criticizing the follies and foibles of L. Paul Bremer and others in the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq. 30,000 first printing.
Why We Lost
A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
Paperback ISBN: 0544570413
A three-star general offers an insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, explaining how garbled intelligence, poor decision making, and no clear understanding of the enemy resulted in the failure of both missions.
The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting
Paperback ISBN: 1591145333
On 26 February 1991, cavalry troops of "Cougar Squadron," the 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, charged out of a sandstorm during Operation Desert Storm and caught Iraq's Republican Guard Corps in the open desert along the North-South grid line of a military map referred to as the "73 Easting." Taken by surprise, the defending Iraqi armor brigade was swept away in salvos of American tank and missile fire in what became the U.S. Army's largest tank battle since World War II. Douglas Macgregor, the man who trained and led Cougar Squadron into battle, recounts two stories. One is the inspiring tale of the valiant American soldiers, sergeants, lieutenants, and captains who fought and won the battle. The other is a story of failed generalship, one that explains why Iraq's Republican Guard escaped, ensuring that Saddam Hussein's regime survived and America's war with Iraq dragged on. Certain to provoke debate, this is the latest book from the controversial and influential military veteran whose two previous books, Breaking the Phalanx and Transformation Under Fire, are credited with influencing thinking and organization inside America's ground forces and figure prominently in current discussions about military strategy and defense policies. Its fast-moving battle narrative, told from the vantage point of Macgregor's Abrams tank, and its detailed portraits of American soldiers, along with vivid descriptions of the devastating technology of mounted warfare, will captivate anyone with a taste for adventure as well as an interest in contemporary military history.
The Forever War
Paperback ISBN: 0307279448
A correspondent furnishes a best-selling account of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, from the rise of the Taliban, to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, offering a compelling study of the people involved from all sides of the conflict. Reprint. A New York Times Best Book of the Year and a Nation Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
The Most Extraordinary Battle of the Iraq War
Paperback ISBN: 089141911x
Describes the March 2003 ambush of a U.S. Army convoy outside Nasiriyah, the one from which Private Jessica Lynch was captured, and the efforts of a Marine battalion to rescue any surviving personnel, efforts that led to a brutal and costly urban battle that cost the lives of eighteen Marines. Reprint.
The Inside Story of the Invasion And Occupation of Iraq
Hardcover ISBN: 0375422625
A definitive account of the war in Iraq by two experienced journalists provides a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process that determined the nature of American involvement in Iraq, drawing on interviews with General Tommy Franks, Condoleeza Rice, and other officials and military personnel to detail the milistary strategy, campaigns, personalities, enemy combatants, and occupation. 200,000 first printing.
The Armored Strike To Capture Baghdad
Paperback ISBN: 080214179x
Recounts the events surrounding the assault on Baghdad by the Third Infantry Division's Spartan Brigade, describing in vivid detail the charge to Saddam Hussein's presidential palace as well as the difficult challenges faced by American troops. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.