Thomas Edwin “Tom” Ricks (born September 25, 1955) is an American journalist and author who specializes in the military and national security issues. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as part of teams from the Wall Street Journal (2000) and Washington Post (2002). He has reported on military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He currently writes a blog for Foreign Policy and is a member of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank.
Ricks lectures widely to the military and is a member of Harvard University’s Senior Advisory Council on the Project on U.S. Civil-Military Relations. Ricks is the author of the non-fiction books Making the Corps (1997); the bestselling Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq (2006) and its follow-up, The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006–2008 (2009); and The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today (2012). He also penned a novel, A Soldier’s Duty, in 2001.
Books in order of publication:
Making the Corps. Scribner. 1997.
A Soldier’s Duty: A Novel. Random House. 2001.
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. Penguin. 2006.
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008. Penguin Press. February 10, 2009.
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, Penguin Press, 2012.
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, Penguin Press, 2017.
First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country. Harper. November 10, 2020.