11/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tom Ricks And The Military's New Philosophical Embeds

Thomas E. Ricks has a photograph of a general--Ulysses S. Grant, looking haggard and defeated in Cold Harbor, Virginia--on the wall of his office. His shelves are filled with books about Dwight Eisenhower, William Westmoreland, and other generals. A husky, bearded, fifty-four-year-old with faded eyebrows, he looks a bit like a general himself, and sometimes talks like one. "I'd be wary of the media," he says, describing how a commander might feel if a journalist wanted to embed with his unit in Iraq.

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