In a field crowded with worthy competitors, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post Pentagon correspondent THOMAS E. RICKS (pictured) has (thus far) penned the finest comprehensive overview of the Bush administration's colossal failure in Iraq. Fiasco walks readers inside the Pentagon, White House and Green Zone to show how the administration didn't just fail to plan for the occupation, it stiff-armed anyone who tried to tell it to plan. A compelling speaker, Ricks schmoozes and lectures at the Margaret Mitchell House on Wed., AUG. 1. Free-$10. Reception: 6 p.m. Lecture: 7 p.m. 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015. www.gwtw.org.