A widening gulf between performance and accountability has caused history to be kinder to the American generals of World War II than to those of later wars. In The Generals we meet leaders from World War II to the present who rose to the occasion - and those who failed.
"Explains much about US military commanders"
The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.
"History not Politics"
The United States Marine Corps, with its proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Making the Corps visits the front lines of boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. Here, old values are stripped away and new Marine Corps values are forged. Best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks follows these men from their hometowns, through boot camp, and into their first year as Marines.
"Enjoyed but not quite the story I was looking for."
Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks's #1 New York Times bestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq - The Gamble is the next news-breaking installment. Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to document the inside story of the Iraq War since late 2005 as only he can, examining the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself.
"A Sure Bet"
Underperforming executives are sending a bad message to the whole organization.
"Iran Says It Has Released 4 Americans in a Swap for Citizens Detained in U.S." is from the U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Thomas Erdbrink, Rick Gladstone and David E. Sanger and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.