Thomas E. Ricks
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 previously wrote 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); The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today (2012); and the bestselling First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country (2020). He also penned a 2001 novel, A Soldier's Duty.
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. –1970), including his freshman year of high school. He graduated from Scarsdale High School (1973).He attended the American International School in Kabul (1968
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 a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq .
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