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Why We Lost : A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
by Daniel Bolger


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A high-ranking general's gripping insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how it all went wrong.

Over a thirty-five-year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A high-ranking general's gripping insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how it all went wrong.

Over a thirty-five-year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in meetings with top-level military and civilian players, where strategy was made and managed. At the same time, he regularly carried a rifle alongside rank-and-file soldiers in combat actions, unusual for a general. Now, as a witness to all levels of military command, Bolger offers a unique assessment of these wars, from 9/11 to the final withdrawal from the region. Writing with hard-won experience and unflinching honesty, Bolger makes the firm case that in Iraq and in Afghanistan, we lost -- but we didn't have to. Intelligence was garbled. Key decision makers were blinded by spreadsheets or theories. And, at the root of our failure, we never really understood our enemy. Why We Lost is a timely, forceful, and compulsively readable account of these wars from a fresh and authoritative perspective.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544370487
  • ISBN-10: 0544370481
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 502
  • Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.75 pounds


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Books > History > Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Books > Political Science > Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Despite this book’s subtitle, this is not a first-person narrative detailing exactly how Bolger, who retired in 2013 as a lieutenant general, played a part in America’s post-9/11 military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Apart from a frank author’s note, which opens with Bolger admitting, hyperbolically, that he “lost the Global War on Terrorism,” the work presents an outside view of events, and Bolger doesn’t say which specific decisions and battles he was party to. The opening section notes that “there’s enough fault to go around, and in this telling, the suits will get their share. But I know better, and so do the rest of the generals.... This was our war to lose, and we did.” That provocative stance, which runs counter to the conventional wisdom (that the Pentagon and White House, for instance, made poor political decisions), would be more persuasive had Bolger provided his eyewitness basis for it. On a different note, what feels like a strained effort to be hip undercuts the essential grimness of the books. Apart from these downsides, Bolger offers a comprehensive look at how these wars were fought during his tenure, which for some readers could be a useful introduction to the conflicts. Maps & 16p color insert. (Nov.)

 
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