Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq
Linda Robinson. New York: Public Affairs, 2008. 391 pp. Map. $27.95
Reviewed by David Wood
"Pull over! Pull Over!" Careening down a Los Angeles freeway in a rented Chevy Suburban with his wife Holly at the wheel, General David Petraeus gestured wildly, a cell phone at his ear.
Holly took the next exit and drove into a convenience store parking lot in a bad part of town. It was 4 January 2007, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was offering Petraeus the assignment of saving Iraq. Now it would be Petraeus' responsibility to answer the anxious plea that he himself, commanding the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, had posed to journalist Rick Atkinson in 2003: Tell me how this ends.