Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Book Review: Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq by Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor.

As the subtitle indicates, Cobra II recalls the successes and failures of the American campaign in Iraq. Gordon and Trainor leave no stone unturned in detailing the preparation and execution of the war. They illustrate the internal and external political struggles encountered by the military throughout the campaign. In particular, the authors take aim at Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for his role in developing an invasion and occupation plan with an insufficient number of soldiers in country. The detail contained in the book is also its primary weakness. The authors present the battles in chronological order and, while very informative, I felt that the book dragged on towards the end.

Temporary’s Grade: B.

See Also:

Yossef Bodansky, The Secret History of the Iraq War. Temporary’s Grade: B+.

George Friedman, America’s Secret War: Inside the Worldwide Struggle Between America and Its Enemies. Temporary’s Grade: A-.


Lindsey Lou said...

Whoa! My Dad just bought this book this weekend!

Kim said...

I listened to this one on audio and found myself overwhelmed at points by all the detail, especially when entering Baghdad in 2003. It seemed extremely objective.