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From the #1 bestselling author of "Fiasco" and "The Gamble," an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.From the #1 bestselling author of "Fiasco" and "The Gamble," an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.Hide synopsis
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