Book The strongest tribe : war, politics, and the endgame in Iraq / Bing West.
Publication year: c2008.
Call Number DS79.76 .W46 2008
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Random House
ISBN: 1400067014 9781400067015
Extent: [xx], 417 p.,  p. of plates : col. ill., maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
In Iraq, the United States made mistake after mistake. Many Americans gave up on the war. Then the war took a sharp U-turn. Two generals -- David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno -- displayed the leadership America expected ... In the course of fourteen extended trips over five years, Bing West embedded with more than sixty front-line units, discussing strategy with generals and tactics with corporals. Disposing of myths, he provides an expert's account of the counterinsurgency. By describing the characters and combat in city after city, West gives the reader an in-depth understanding that will inform debate about the war"--Dust jacket.
How to create a mess, summer 2003 -- Descent into chaos, September-December 2003 -- A near collapse, January-June 2004 -- War, July-December 2004 -- Inadequate means, 2005 -- Widescale fighting, 2005 -- Contradictory goals, 2005 -- The second war begins, 2006 -- The Islamic caliphate, 2006 -- Haditha : explosion on the home front, 2006 -- A flawed assessment, mid-2006 -- Al Qaeda : murder and intimidation, fall 2006 -- The turnaround begins, fall 2006 -- The Civil War, fall 2006 -- Bush weighs his options, fall 2006 -- The war turns, November 2006 -- Washington turns, December 2006 -- The Sunnis change sides, winter 2007 -- Momentum, spring 2007 -- Overview, summer 2007 -- Victory in Anbar, fall 2007 -- Baghdad : the surge takes hold, fall 2007 -- Washington assesses the surge, fall 2007 -- Progress and uncertainty, 2008 -- The strongest tribe, 2009.