From September 11 to the Baghdad’s Gamble
The Lion’s Share by Claudio Taddei
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Please note that the book is in Italian

A wide-ranging reflection on America’s response to September 11 and the USA’s strategic thought. An analysis of American foreign policy and its dimensions, which illuminates the situation with vivid nods to some of its main figures, from George W. Bush to General Petraeus to Senator McCain, from Hilary Clinton to Obama. A reconstruction of the facts based on solid historical context, and a lucid, painful memory of the sacrifices made. On the war in Iraq, the book includes original points of view, demonstrating an unusual level of understanding of military themes, and puts a distance between what the author defines as the misleading, imprecise media statements which surrounded those events.
The book moves between the crucial themes of our time: not simply terrorism and Afghanistan, but also Europe, the UN, Israel and its history (amongst the most hard-hitting parts of the book), Russia (a nation on which the book offers an important summary of the last ten years of its history) and Iran (which is currently an extremely relevant theme), with arguments referring to the explosive reality of immigration in Europe and America, to the feared clash of civilizations, and to environmental problems. A dramatic diary of the Iraq situation, the book brings its reality, which it judges to have radically changed over the course of 2007, into sharp focus, by pointing out that America, despite the errors it committed, won a difficult, almost impossible battle of momentous proportions; that America won the war, and that terrorism, after having concentrated its forces in Iraq, lost ground and momentum. A book rigorously rooted in historical context, but also in passion, which means finding the meaning not only of so much suffering and courage, but also of so many errors and wounds. Authoritative, well documented, illuminating and passionate, the book was written by the author to be an instrument containing a vast amount of information, and an incentive to keep the reader far away, in the arguments it deals with, from well-trodden ground and the tyranny of the media.