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The Iran-Iraq War: A Military and Strategic History
Williamson Murray, Kevin Woods

Cambridge University Press, 2014

The Iran-Iraq War is one of the largest, yet least documented conflicts in the history of the Middle East. Drawing from an extensive cache of captured Iraqi government records, this book is the first comprehensive military and strategic account of the war through the lens of the Iraqi regime and its senior military commanders. It explores the rationale and decision-making processes that drove the Iraqis as they grappled with challenges that, at ...
  
  











  



  
The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy
Zaid Al-Ali

Yale University Press, 2014

Many Westerners have offered interpretations of Iraq’s nation-building progress in the wake of the 2003 war and the eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country, but little has been written by Iraqis themselves. This forthright book fills in the gap. Zaid Al-Ali, an Iraqi lawyer with direct ties to the people of his homeland, to government circles, and to the international community, provides a uniquely insightful and up-to-date ...
  
  











  



  
A History of Iraq
Charles Tripp

Cambridge University Press, 2007

To understand Iraq, Charles Tripp's history is the book to read. Since its first appearance in 2000, it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies, read and admired by students, soldiers, policymakers and journalists. The book is now updated to include the recent American invasion, the fall and capture of Saddam Hussein and the subsequent descent into civil strife. What is clear is that much that has happened since 2003 was ...
  
  











  



  
Leaving the Wire: An Infantryman's Iraq

BookBaby, 2013

This book paints an intense, graphic portrait of the emotional and physical realities of the counter-insurgency campaign in Iraq. Gain insight into the murky characteristics that defined the war from a grunt who lived through it; the drudgery, filth, confusion, fear, and frustration. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be there, this book is for you.
  
  











  



  
Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
Daniel Bolger

Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

A high-ranking general’s gripping insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how it all went wrong. Over a thirty-five-year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in meetings with top-level military and civilian players, where strategy was made and managed. At the same time, he regularly ...
  
  











  



  
Understanding Iraq: The Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan's Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the ...
William R. Polk

Harper Perennial, 2006

The Dramatic History of Iraq in One Concise Volume The destinies of Iraq and America will be tightly intertwined into the foreseeable future due to the U.S. incursion into this complex, perplexing desert nation -- the latest in a long history of violent outside interventions. A country sitting atop the world's largest supply of crude oil, Iraq will continue to play an essential role in global economics and in Middle Eastern politics for many ...
  
  











  



  
The Iraq Study Group Report, 2012

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
  
  











  



  
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
Jeanette Winter

HMH Books for Young Readers, 2005

"In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'"* --Alia Muhammad Baker Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this ...
  
  











  



  
Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can't Ignore
Jay Sekulow

Howard Books, 2014

THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON ISIS Jay Sekulow, one of America’s most influential attorneys, closely examines the rise of the terrorist groups ISIS and Hamas, explains their objectives and capabilities and how, if left undefeated, their existence could unleash a genocide of historic proportions. Recently, the world has been shaken by gruesome photos and videos that have introduced us to the now infamous terrorist group known as ISIS. The world’s ...
  
  











  



  
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: The History of ISIS/ISIL
Charles River Editors

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014

*Includes pictures *Explains the formation, influences, ideology, and goals of the group *Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading Also known as ISIS, Da’esh, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and a host of other names, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has increasingly gained attention over the years for its brutal tactics and seemingly blatant disregard for human rights, but it has recently dominated the ...
  
  











  



  
IRAQ WAR 2003: What Really Happened Behind The Scenes: The Story Of The Greatest Blunder In American History ...
Charles Edmund Coyote

Coyote Report The, 2013

Newly Released BESTSELLER With more than 600 citations, from insider memoirs to the accounts of journalists, former government officials, policy wonks, military leaders, and news broadcasters, the 'Iraq War 2003: What Really Happened Behind The Scenes' develops a thorough analysis of why the Bush administration used the 'War on Terror' to attack Iraq. With links to important references , the book provides the BACKGROUND FOR ...
  
  











  



  
The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama
Michael R. Gordon, Bernard E. Trainor

Vintage, 2013

A Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2012 In this follow-up to their national bestseller Cobra II , Michael Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor deftly piece together the story of the most widely reported but least understood war in American history. This stunning account of the political and military struggle between American, Iraqi, and Iranian forces brings together vivid reporting of diplomatic intrigue and gripping accounts ...
  
  











  



  
Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death
Jim Frederick

Broadway Books, 2011

This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country’s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb ...
  
  











  



  
The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War
Joseph M Hoeffel

Progressive Press, 2014

* First account by any Congressman to divulge the truth about what really happened in briefings with key Bush Administration figures. * Praise from Minority Leader and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and many other distinguished members of Congress. * The full story of how war hawks deceived the public, media and Congress; same people still pushing for US troops in Iraq again. * Tells how war and occupation destroyed Iraqi institutions, ...
  
  











  



  
The Interpreters: Stories of interpreters who served the US military, as told to VICE News.

VICE News, 2014

Language interpreters played a vital role in the recent US campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. These men served alongside American soldiers in parts of the world where doing so meant they could not go back home safely. They served with the promise of support, visas and better lives in the US and abroad after the fighting was over and for many, those promises went unfulfilled. VICE News host Ben Anderson traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq to ...
  
  











  



  
The Forever War
Dexter Filkins

Vintage, 2009

National Bestseller One of the Best Books of the Year: New York Times , Washington Post , Los Angeles Times , USA Today , Boston Globe , and Time   An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account of America's conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, we witness the rise of ...
  
  











  



  
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005
Thomas E. Ricks

Penguin Books, 2007

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize One of the Washington Post Book World 's 10 Best Books of the Year One of Time 's 10 Best Books of the Year USA Today 's Nonfiction Book of the Year A  New York Times Notable Book The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq Fiasco  is a masterful reckoning with the planning and execution of the American military invasion and occupation of Iraq ...
  
  











  



  
Faisal I of Iraq
Ali A. Allawi

Yale University Press, 2014

Born in 1883, King Faisal I of Iraq was a seminal figure not only in the founding of the state of Iraq but also in the making of the modern Middle East. In all the tumult leading to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of new Arab states, Faisal was a central player. His life traversed each of the important political, military, and intellectual developments of his times.   This comprehensive biography is the first to ...
  
  











  



  
On the Hunt in Baghdad

Belmont Estate Books, 2011

In this classic riveting dispatch from Iraq, award-winning foreign correspondent Michael J. Totten embeds with a unit of battle-hardened American soldiers as they hunt the elusive terrorist commander Haji Jawad—who wore a suicide vest wherever he went—in the fetid slums of Sadr City, Baghdad, at midnight. Michael J. Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the ...
  
  











  



  
Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance (The Great Unraveling: the Remaking of the Middle East: ...
Joel Rayburn

Hoover Institution Press, 2014

More than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, most studies of the Iraq conflict focus on the twin questions of whether the United States should have entered Iraq in 2003 and whether it should have exited in 2011, but few have examined the new Iraqi state and society on its own merits. Iraq after America examines the government and the sectarian and secular factions that have emerged in Iraq since the U.S. invasion of 2003, presenting ...
  
  











  








   



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