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Michael J. Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, City Journal, LA Weekly, The Jerusalem Post, Beirut's Daily Star, Reason, Azure, and the Australian edition of Newsweek. He is a contributing editor at City Journal and writes regularly for Commentary. He lives with his wife and two cats in Portland, Oregon, and is a former resident of Beirut. Visit his Web site at www.MichaelTotten.com.
on Feb. 29, 2012 :
excellent series of reports from Iraq war during the Surge, ideally read after or before "The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006 - 2008", but while Ricks book has a sort of more detached, scholar view, Totten makes you meet and speak with the people on the ground. While "The Gamble" is much more detailed and thus sometimes quite heavy to read (unless you're a fanatic of US military politics) "In the Wake of the Surge" is a much easier book to read, while actually describing the same points and reaching very similar conclusions. Whatever your political ideas about this war are, do read this book and you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)