The Gamble

General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq

Author: Thomas E. Ricks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101192062

Category: History

Page: 416

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Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks’s #1 New York Times bestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq—The Gamble is the next news breaking installment Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to document the inside story of the Iraq War since late 2005 as only he can, examining the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began. Since early 2007 a new military order has directed American strategy. Some top U.S. officials now in Iraq actually opposed the 2003 invasion, and almost all are severely critical of how the war was fought from then through 2006. At the core of the story is General David Petraeus, a military intellectual who has gathered around him an unprecedented number of officers with both combat experience and Ph.D.s. Underscoring his new and unorthodox approach, three of his key advisers are quirky foreigners—an Australian infantryman-turned- anthropologist, an antimilitary British woman who is an expert in the Middle East, and a Mennonite-educated Palestinian pacifist. The Gamble offers news-breaking account, revealing behind-the-scenes disagreements between top commanders. We learn that almost every single officer in the chain of command fought the surge. Many of Petraeus’s closest advisers went to Iraq extremely pessimistic, doubting that the surge would have any effect, and his own boss was so skeptical that he dispatched an admiral to Baghdad in the summer of 2007 to come up with a strategy to replace Petraeus’s. That same boss later flew to Iraq to try to talk Petraeus out of his planned congressional testimony. The Gamble examines the congressional hearings through the eyes of Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and their views of the questions posed by the 2008 presidential candidates. For Petraeus, prevailing in Iraq means extending the war. Thomas E. Ricks concludes that the war is likely to last another five to ten years—and that that outcome is a best case scenario. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that “the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered by us and by the world have not yet happened.”

The Gamble

Author: LaVyrle Spencer

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780425195819

Category: Fiction

Page: 465

View: 3969

In the late 1800s, a southern gambler moves to Proffitt, Kansas, hoping to make a living as a saloonkeeper. But he soon becomes a target of the prohibition movement, led by the enchanting yet volatile Agatha Downing. They are hopeless adversaries--until the innocence of a child opens their eyes and hearts to each other. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

The Gamble

Author: T. P. Jones

Publisher: BookPros, LLC

ISBN: 0984076026

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 6367

A hate crime revives ancient racial tensions in the nearly all white town of Jackson, Iowa. The aftermath, including damning national publicity, leads the mayor to consider implementing a highly controversial program aimed at promoting racial understanding within the community. The program faces opposition from every direction, with citizens and city leaders alike believing they know what's best for Jackson.Thousands of townspeople remain unemployed, and tensions increase as a black out-of-town contractor gets a coveted job on the city's dog track project, a white supremacist radio station takes over the airwaves, and Jackson is visited by a notorious former Klansman. With racial hostilities mounting, compromise seems impossible, and the future is as ominous as it is uncertain.

The Gamble

Author: Tom Ravasio

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1606471988

Category: Fiction

Page: 188

View: 8267

In the second book, THE GAMBLE -Shekinah is discovered and rescued by a thirteen-year-old girl named Brittany. She just happens to be the daughter of Angelo Gaudino, personal friend of Lord Wizard Star and the head of the CEF plot to find the colt and destroy him. Brittany secretly brings the colt back to her father's ranch where he is given the best of care, training and love. God protects the colt by only allowing true Christians to recognize that he is pure white. The girl takes personal responsibility for raising him and forms an unbreakable bond of love and trust with him. Tom Ravasio is an ordained minister, author, certified pastoral counselor, and founder of the Shekinah Western Ranch Camp. Tom grew up with a God given passion for horses, which eventually led him to telling bedtime stories about the marvelous and heroic white horse of Revelation 19: 11 to his children. These stories took on a metamorphosis of their own and later became pages of thrilling excitement for people of all ages. He and his wife Karen have three daughters and three grandchildren. The Ravasio family lives on a 20-acre horse farm in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.

The Gamble House Cookbook

One Hundred Years of Gracious Living

Author: Mark Peel

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9781890449483

Category: Architecture

Page: 175

View: 301

The Gamble House is a winter house designed in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene for the Gamble family of Proctor & Gamble fame. Built at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, it remains an important international architectural landmark and a monument to gracious living. Presented in Mrs. Mary Gamble's original handwriting and reinterpreted for today by celebrity chef Mark Peel, The Gamble House Cookbook brings the spirit of this legendary home into the modern kitchen. Architect Robert Harris contributes an appreciation of the Gamble House dining room gleaned from his memories of meals shared there with colleagues. This unique cookbook is filled with beautiful images by photographer Meg McComb that transport the reader back to a more relaxed time on the grounds and in the rooms of one of America's most beautiful homes.

The Gamble

Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election

Author: John Sides,Lynn Vavreck

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400852277

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 7148

"Game changer." We heard it so many times during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. But what actually made a difference in the contest—and what was just hype? In this groundbreaking book, John Sides and Lynn Vavreck tell the dramatic story of the election—with a big difference. Using an unusual "moneyball" approach and drawing on extensive quantitative data, they look beyond the anecdote, folklore, and conventional wisdom that often pass for election analysis to separate what was truly important from what was irrelevant. The Gamble combines this data with the best social science research and colorful on-the-ground reporting, providing the most accurate and precise account of the election yet written—and the only book of its kind. In a new preface, the authors reflect on the place of The Gamble in the tradition of presidential election studies, its reception to date, and possible paths for future social science research.

The Gamble

Author: Kristen Ashley

Publisher: Forever

ISBN: 9781538744345

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

View: 759

"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"---Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author Love is the greatest gamble of all . . . Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up. The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good.

The Gamble

Author: Patrick Jones

Publisher: Darby Creek

ISBN: 146774008X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 104

View: 6354

For years, Leung has been learning Wing Chun. This fighting art demands balance. It makes Leung find his center. So when Leung sees the boxing matches at New York's Woodrat Club, he’s shocked by the fighters' wild, sloppy styles. But he can't stop watching. Leung's Irish friend, Sean, thinks that Leung could conquer the bareknuckle boxing scene. But first, Leung's uncles, Tso and Nang, have to approve. Then Leung will have to learn to ignore jeers and hard stares—because he'll be fighting before a crowd that wants to see a Chinese immigrant lose.

The Gamble

Author: Ray Burton

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463454654

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1899

In real life, there are five sides to every story. His Side He is a devoted man—loving, caring, considerate to his wife and her needs. Yet he finds himself falling for a mysteriously beautiful woman. Her Side She is beautiful, sly, cunning and has other things on her agenda than just a steamy love affair with a married man. The Truth Both have been caught up in something that’s bigger and more dangerous than their illicit affair, making the affair itself the least of their worries. The Consequences She is hunted relentlessly by a maniac with a sick quest more terrifying that death could ever be. And he is tormented by the fact that he is powerless to help her. The Final Resolution Anger. Hurt. Forgiveness. Healing. All these elements have been put into place, but a crazed maniac won’t stay down. He keeps coming back for more. Again and Again. Hell-Bent on completing his murderous task. And now he is just outside her door! The Gamble

The Gamble of War

Is It Possible to Justify Preventive War?

Author: A. Colonomos

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113701895X

Category: Political Science

Page: 277

View: 1067

This book analyzes the justification of preventive war in contemporary asymmetrical international relations. It focuses on the most crucial aspect of prevention: uncertainty. It builds a new framework where the role of luck—whether military, political, moral, or normative—is a corrective to the traditional approaches of the just war tradition.

Worth the Gamble (historical western romance)

Author: Kristine Raymond

Publisher: Kristine Raymond


Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 449

Olivia Thatcher spent her life living up to other people's expectations. The town's only schoolteacher, she conducts herself as a proper lady, never revealing that underneath her reputable exterior lies a soul aching with desire. Dallas Trent lives life on the edge, always on the lookout for the next game of chance. A gambler by nature, he's ready to take any risk...except when it comes to his heart. Butting heads the first time they meet, both are surprised to discover they have common interests. Forming an unexpected bond, their friendship quickly grows into passion, much to the disapproval of the town's busybody. Rumors fly, and when Dallas is accused of murder, their relationship is put to the test. For the first time in her life, Olivia must make a choice between her heart and her home. Will falling in love be worth the gamble?

The Gamble

The Masqueraders Series - Book Five

Author: Laura Parker

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1626812039

Category: Fiction

Page: 322

View: 1820

She’s ready to risk everything for a man with nothing left to lose — except his heart. "You won't be taking a gamble when you pick up Laura Parker's latest titillating romance...a sure bet to satisfy readers." — RT Book Reviews Jack Laughton was a viscount who one night traded his life of leisure in order to masquerade as a notorious highwayman: “Black Jack” Law. Nothing could touch this conniving rogue’s soul...until his eye fell upon the beauty whose stagecoach he attempted to rob. Now he is willing to do anything to make this alluring woman his — even abandon his wicked ways. Sabrina Lindsay has a knack for defying social conventions. Her endless escapades in London society have enraged her guardian who wants nothing more than to marry her off to a prominent nobleman. But it will take much more than threats to bend Sabrina’s stubborn will. Sabrina vows to do whatever it takes to save her brother Kit, imprisoned by their guardian to insure her obedience...even if that means making a pact with the devil himself, “Black Jack” Law. It’s a gamble when the dazzling and daring Sabrina and the handsome rogue Jack join together, but the true risk comes when it’s her heart he’s trying to steal.

The OC

The Gamble

Author: Josh Schwartz,Jacquie Bloese

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904720843

Category: Teenagers

Page: 64

View: 6500

Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for motivating, contemporary graded material that will instantly appeal to students. The OC: THE GAMBLE is basedn a selection of episodes from the first series of the hit US TV show which has proved hugely popular with teenagers.

The Gamble

Author: Laurie Hannan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781425961015


Page: 288

View: 5788

Facing the task of raising her two boys alone, teacher Lauren Halvorson would give anything for some excitement and passion in her life. Joining fellow co-workers at the local bar in Red Deer, Alberta and being set up by her best friend brings very exhilarating, sexy men into her life. But Lauren must decide if these men are good father figures, or just skillful sexual partners. Everything goes from bad to worse when a student desperately needs her, and she has to try to juggle a man, her family life, and breaking the law. She finds herself in over her head when Tristan Mackenzie, a fellow teacher, is there to bail her out of trouble. But will he be able to save her from making a colossal mistake that will affect her life forever? (Some sexually explicit scenes.)

Images of the Gamble House

Masterwork of Greene & Greene

Author: Jeanette A. Thomas,Theodore Thomas

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9780964311916

Category: Architecture

Page: 91

View: 5449

Examines the artistry and craftsmanship of this landmark building.

The Ocean Club

The Gamble Audio Pack

Author: Patricia Reilly,Josh Schwartz

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9781904720850

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 64

View: 8577

Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for motivating, contemporary graded material that will instantly appeal to students. The OC: THE GAMBLE is basedn a selection of episodes from the first series of the hit US TV show which has proved hugely popular with teenagers.

The Gamble

Author: Lyncee Shillard

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing In

ISBN: 1936000148

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5067

For as long as anyone can remember, the Dempskeys and the Stonewells have been at odds. JT Dempskey's ruthless need to possess Rough Ride, the Stonewell's ranch, carried beyond the grave and the edict of his will sets into motion a course of events that will change the lives of two people forever. Ryder Dempskey wants nothing to do with his father's sick scheme, until he sees Callie Stonewell and realizes he can't walk away. Convinced that the 'ends justify the means', Ryder lies about his true reasons and convinces Callie the only way to save Rough Ride is to marry him. Death threats, kidnappings, and attacks show Callie and Ryder that there is more at stake than their respective ranches... their lives could hang in the balance... just because a Dempskey and a Stonewell dare get married. Too much could be lost if they walk away, and neither one of them bargained on the pull between them even if they both prefer to deny it. Decades of lies culminate in revelations that will leave some stunned... and others dead.

The Gamble

Author: Samantha Alexander

Publisher: Pan Books Limited

ISBN: 9780330336857

Category: Children's stories

Page: 129

View: 9151

The Hollywell team ask a famous rock star to give a charity concert for the stables