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Yale Library of Military History


Surge

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

  • Peter R. Mansoor; Foreword by David Petraeus
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Runner-up for the 2013 Southern California Book Festival, in the Biography/Autobiography category, sponored by JM Northern Media LLC.

Won a Honorable Mention for the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival in the General Non-Fiction Category.

Finalist for the 2013 Guggenheim-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 U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, D.C., 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 Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus testified in some of the most contentious hearings in recent memory.

 

Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker,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

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

 

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