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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 listener 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Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker,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.

©2013 Peter R. Mansoor (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Richard Bushby
  • 09-29-16

Excellent balanced mix of personal observations and scholarly analysis and history

Mansoor has done a superb job of mixing his personal experience and observations of his him at MNFI with his classically trained academic's ability to research within the contemporary records. His analysis of the Surge is both detailed and easy to follow.

Would recommend this to anyone looking for a good single volume examination of the higher level policy and military strategy that guided the later stages of the war in Iraq.