Best Defense

The New York Times Iraq bookshelf, and an unusual list from Andrew Bacevich

Tom Ricks offers a reading list on Iraq.

An Iraqi soldier parachutes with a giant national flag during the 94th Army Day parade at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in central Baghdad on January 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI (Photo credit should read ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

A pretty comprehensive compilation on Iraq.

Plus, here is an interesting list from Andrew Bacevich of the books that shaped him. I was surprised to see Henry Adams on the list—I couldn’t stand that book!

This will lead you to some other Best Defense book lists.


Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at

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