Synopses & Reviews
Eagerly anticipated in the wake of their national best seller Cobra II
(“The superb, must-read military history of the invasion of Iraq”—Thomas L. Friedman), The Endgame
is Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor’s most ambitious and news-breaking book to date. A peerless work of investigative journalism and historical recreation ranging from 2003 to 2012, it gives us the first comprehensive, inside account of arguably the most widely reported yet least understood war in American history—from the occupation of Iraq to the withdrawal of American troops.
Prodigiously researched, The Endgame is not only based on an abundance of highly classified, still-secret government documents but is also brilliantly informed by access to key figures in the White House, the military, the State and Defense departments, the intelligence community, and, most strikingly, by extensive interviews with both Sunni and Shiite leaders, key Kurdish politicians, tribal sheikhs, former insurgents, Sadrists, and senior Iraqi military officers, whose insights about critical turning points and previously unknown decisions made during the war have heretofore been conspicuously missing from the media’s coverage of it.
The Endgame is riveting as a blow-by-blow chronicle of the fighting. It is also relentlessly revealing, as it deftly pieces together the puzzle of the prosecution of American, Iraqi, and Iranian objectives, and the diplomatic intrigue and political struggle within Iraq since the American invasion.
From the authors of the national bestseller Cobra II, another news-breaking book: the inside story of America's objectives in what is arguably the most widely reported but least understood war in our history, based on extensive reporting from Iraq between 2006 to 2011 and access to highly classified military and diplomatic information.
From the invasion and occupation of Iraq to the wind-down of the war, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama, Michael Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor give us, in their most ambitious book, a definitive history not only of the fighting but also of the diplomacy and political struggle in the country, as framed by the Americans, the Iraqis, and the Iranians. The End Game is brilliantly informed by access to key figures in the White House, the military, the State and Defense departments, and the CIA, but also, most strikingly, by extensive interviews with both Sunni and Sh'ia Iraqi leaders (including Nouri al-Maliki and his political rivals), top Kurdish politicians, tribal leaders, former insurgents, Sadrists and senior Iraqi military officers, and police commanders, whose insights into critical turning points and previously unknown decisions have heretofore been conspicuously missing from other accounts of the war.
About the Author
Michael R. Gordon
is the chief military correspondent for The New York Times,
where he has worked since 1985. He is the coauthor, with Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor, of The Generals’ War
and Cobra II.
He has covered the Iraq and Afghan wars, the Kosovo conflict, the Russian war in Chechnya, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and the American invasion of Panama. Gordon lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, was a military correspondent for The New York Times from 1986 to 1990. He was director of the National Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1990 to 1996 and was a military analyst for NBC during the Iraq War. Trainor lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.