Reviews & Media

Reviews, excerpts and television appearances relating to The Endgame

“It is likely to stand for decades as the definitive account of the Iraq war … every page of ‘The Endgame’ taught me something I didn’t know.” –Max Boot, The Wall Street Journal

“Extraordinary research … compelling.”– Gideon Rose, The New York Times

“To sum up the book for the reader: A Republican administration blundered into the Iraq War, and a Democratic administration stumbled out of it. Through it all, rank-and-file soldiers and civilian professionals saved our bacon by making chicken salad out of chicken droppings. The devil of the story is in the details, and the authors do a superb job of providing them.”  –Gary Anderson, The Washington Times

“A fantastic book … highly anticipated and a must-read on this subject.” –Joe Scarborough, during Gordon’s appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“Gordon is considered by many to be the best reporter on the Iraq war … his long-awaited book is likely to shed new light particularly on the last half-decade of U.S. involvement.” –Peter Feaver in Foreign Policy.

“A well-researched, highly critical look at U.S. policy in Iraq…. ultimately, ‘The Endgame’ invites the question whether President Obama threw his support behind the wrong war.”  —Newsweek/The Daily Beast

“An epic piece of work.”– Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC

“What Michael Gordon has written is correct.”  –Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari discussing The Endgame with Christiane Amanpour on CNN

Gordon discusses The Endgame on NBC’s Press Pass with David Gregory.

“If you want to know about this painful and critical episode of American history, you have to read these books.”  –James Rosen discussing The Endgame, Cobra II, and The Generals’ War on Fox News

Featured in Politico’s Playbook column.

Featured in Bloomberg’s fact-checking of the final presidential debate.

Featured in Commentary magazine article on the debate.

New York Times article adapted from the book.

Foreign Policy article adapted from the book.

Gordon discusses The Endgame on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

Gordon discusses the life of General Norman Schwarzkopf on PBS’ NewsHour with Margaret Warner.

Praise for Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor’s previous book, Cobra II

“The superb, must-read military history of the invasion of Iraq.”–Thomas L. Friedman

“A work of prodigious research, Cobra II will likely become the benchmark by which other histories of the Iraq invasion are measured.”—The New York Times

“Magisterial . . . With mountains of fresh detail on the war’s planning and progress with judicious analysis, Cobra II . . . will be hard to improve upon.” —The Economist

“Stands as the best account of the war to date… offers an instructive lesson on the consequences of inadequate strategic planning.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Excellent . . . Cobra II is everything that the Bush administration’s plan for the war was not. It is meticulously organized, shuns bluff and bombast for lapidary statements, and is largely impervious to attack.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Remarkable . . . a classic military history of the blow-by-blow fighting to Baghdad. Cobra II makes an irrefutable case for where the laurels lay for the victors and where the blame lies for the defeats.”—The Portland Oregonian