Thomas E. Ricks (journalist)
Thomas E. Ricks
Ricks in 2007, posing with his book Fiasco
Thomas Edwin Ricks
September 25, 1955
Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||Yale University, 1977|
|Occupation||Writer, journalist, editor, and educator|
|Employer||Center for a New American Security|
|Known for||critique of U.S. national security policy, especially Operation Iraqi Freedom|
|Awards||2000 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (on Wall Street Journal team)|
2002 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (on Washington Post team)
Society of Professional Journalists Award for best feature reporting
2007 Distinguished alumnus of Scarsdale High School
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.
Life and career
Ricks was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, and grew up in New York and Afghanistan, one of six children. He is the son of Anne and David Frank Ricks, a professor of psychology. He attended the American International School in Kabul (1968–1970), including his freshman year of high school. He graduated from Scarsdale High School (1973).
After earning a B.A. from Yale University (1977), he was an instructor at Lingnan College, Hong Kong (1977–1979), and assistant editor at the Wilson Quarterly (1979–1981). At the Wall Street Journal he was a reporter (1982–1985) and deputy Miami bureau chief (1986). In Washington, D.C., he was a Journal reporter (1987–1989), feature editor (1989–1992), and Pentagon correspondent, (1992–1999). He was a military correspondent at the Washington Post (2000–2008).
While at the Wall Street Journal, he was one of the reporters writing the "Price of Power" series discussing United States defense spending and potential changes confronting the US military following the Cold War. The series won the Journal the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He won a second Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as part of The Washington Post team for reporting about the beginnings of the U.S. counteroffensive against terrorism.
Ricks was extremely critical of Fox News' coverage of the 2012 Benghazi attack. While being interviewed by Jon Scott, Ricks accused Fox News of being "extremely political" in its coverage of the attack and stated, "Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party." The interview was subsequently cut short after only 90 seconds. He has been extremely critical of President Donald Trump, saying he should be put in prison and rhetorically asking if President Trump opposes the Constitution.
- Making the Corps. Scribner. 1997.
- A Soldier's Duty: A Novel. Random House. 2001. ISBN 0-375-50544-X.
- Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. Penguin. 2006. ISBN 0-14-303891-5.
- The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008. Penguin Press. February 10, 2009. ISBN 1-59420-197-8.
- The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, Penguin Press, 2012, ISBN 1594204047 .
- Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, Penguin Press, 2017, ISBN 1594206139 .
Essays, reporting and other publications
- On American Soil: the Widening Gap between the U.S. Military and U.S. Society. Project on U.S. Post Cold-War Civil-Military Relations (Technical report). John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University. May 1996.
- "The widening gap between the military and society". The Atlantic Monthly. 280 (1): 66–78. July 1997.
Critical studies and reviews of Ricks' work
- Booklist, October 15, 1997, Gilbert Taylor, review of Making the Corps, p. 368; May 1, 2001, Gilbert Taylor, review of A Soldier's Duty, p. 1668.
- The Economist, August 19, 2006, "A Litany of Abuse: America and Iraq," review of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, p. 71.http://www.economist.com/node/7791940
- Harvard Crimson Review of Fiasco 
- Insight on the News, December 15, 1997, Woody West, review of Making the Corps, p. 36.
- Library Journal, May 1, 2001, Robert Conroy, review of A Soldier's Duty, p. 127.
- Fred Rhodes (November 1, 2006). "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.(Brief article)(Book review)". The Middle East (Fee)
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- Middle East Policy, winter, 2006, W. Patrick Lang, review of Fiasco, p. 154.
- Military Review, September–October 2006, Brian C. McNemey, review of Fiasco, p. 115.
- National Review, September 11, 2006, Bing West, "Iraq: Phase One," review of Fiasco, p. 42.
- New York Times, July 25, 2006, Michiko Kakutani, "From Planning to Warfare to Occupation, How Iraq Went Wrong," review of Fiasco, p. E1. 
- New York Times Book Review, August 13, 2006, Jacob Heilbrunn, "Eyes Wide Shut," review of Fiasco, p. 1, and Dwight Garner, "TBR: Inside the List," review of Fiasco, p. 1; December 3, 2006, "100 Notable Books of the Year," review of Fiasco, p. 14.
- Cook, Martin L. (Autumn 2001). "review of A Soldier's Duty". Parameters. U.S. Army War College. XXXI (3): 173. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
- Policy Review, December 2006, Victor Davis Hanson, "Whose Fiasco?," review of Fiasco, p. 89.
- Publishers Weekly, October 6, 1997, review of Making the Corps, p. 65; April 20, 2001, review of A Soldier's Duty, p. 53.
- TIME, December 25, 2006, Steve Koepp and Mark Thompson, "The Real War," interview with Thomas E. Ricks, p. 158.
- Washington Monthly, October 2006, Joseph Galloway, review of Fiasco, p. 60; March 2007, review of Fiasco, p. 66.
- Weekly Standard, August 7, 2006, Max Boot, "Battle for Baghdad: Lessons Learned from the War in Iraq," review of Fiasco.
- Frontline Web site, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/ (January 28, 2004), interview with Thomas E. Ricks.
- Washington Post Web site, http://projects.washingtonpost.com/ (April 15, 2007), biography of Thomas E. Ricks.
- Ricks, Tom (December 1, 2009). C-SPAN Video Player - Thomas Ricks, Center for a New American Security, Senior Fellow (Television production). Washington, D.C.: C-SPAN. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
- Ricks, Tom (October 5, 2006). Presentation on Fiasco (webcast). Chicago, Illinois: Pritzker Military Museum & Library.
- Ricks, Tom (September 10, 2009). Presentation on The Gamble (webcast). Chicago, Illinois: Pritzker Military Museum & Library.
- Medak-Seguin, Becquer (April 2, 2009). "Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Ricks on campus". Pioneer. Walla Walla, Washington: Whitman College. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
- "Anne Ricks Is Engaged". New York Times. February 13, 1983. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
Miss Ricks, a senior at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, attended the American International School in Kabul, Afghanistan, and graduated from the University of Michigan. ... The bride-to-be is a granddaughter of the late Richard Manning Russell, Mayor of Cambridge, Mass., and a great-granddaughter of William Eustis Russell, Mayor of Cambridge and Governor of Massachusetts
- "Scarsdale Alumni Association - Distinguished Alumni". Scarsdale Alumni Association, Inc. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
2007 Distinguished Alumni ... TOM RICKS ’73 – JOURNALIST
- "Tom Ricks". Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 21, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2008.
Born in Massachusetts in 1955, he grew up in New York and Afghanistan and graduated from Yale in 1977.
- http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/ Ricks' current blog at ForeignPolicy.com
- "Thomas E. Ricks". Washington, D.C.: Center for a New American Security. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
- "Thomas E. Ricks". New York, NY: Penguin Speakers Bureau. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
"5 Years Ago This Month at aisk.org". AISK - American International School of Kabul. May 18, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
Tom Ricks (1968-70), a Scorpion
- Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Document Number: H1000082835. Fee. Accessed 2009-12-01 via Fairfax County Public Library.
- "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists". pulitzer.org.
- Weinger, Mackenzie (November 26, 2012). "Tom Ricks to Fox News: The network operates 'as a wing of the Republican Party'". Politico.
- Online version is titled "The widening gap between military and society".
- Foreign Policy bio
- Ricks discusses Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on October 5, 2006
- Ricks discusses The Gamble: General David Petraeus & the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on September 10, 2009
- Appearances on C-SPAN