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Leaving the Wire: An Infantryman's Iraq
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.
Iraq - From War to a New Authoritarianism (Adelphi series)
Iraq recovered its full sovereignty at the end of 2011, with the departure of all US military forces. The 2003 invasion was undertaken to dismantle a regime that had long threatened its own population and regional peace, as well as to establish a stable, democratic state in the heart of the Middle East. This Adelphi looks at the legacy of that intervention and subsequent state-building efforts. It analyses the evolution of the insurgency, the ...
The Iraq Study Group Report
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The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy
Yale University Press
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 ...
Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death
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 ...
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 ...
The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama
Michael R. Gordon
Bernard E. Trainor
Eagerly anticipated in the wake of their national best seller Cobra II (“The superb, must-read military history of the invasion of Iraq”—Thomas L. Friedman), The Endgame is Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor’s most ambitious and news-breaking book to date. A peerless work of investigative journalism and historical recreation ranging from 2003 to 2012, it gives us the first comprehensive, inside account of arguably the ...
A History of Iraq
Cambridge University Press
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 ...
Understanding Iraq: The Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan's Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the ...
William R. Polk
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 ...
Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective on War
Squinting from a one-two punch of exhaustion and the eerie faded-brass hue of a desert sun that didn't take breaks and never seemed to want to, PFC Bryan is trying to decide just how in the hell he ended up here. Here, being Fallujah. Iraq. Cavalry Scout. Shit, in the Army for that matter. Perhaps if he thought long and hard enough he could remember. He knew for damn sure that he had no shortage of time to work it out. Private Bryan's journey ...
They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq
St. Martin's Press
Charlie 1-26 confronted one of the worst neighborhoods in Baghdad and lost more men than any battalion since Vietnam Based on “Blood Brothers”, the Michael Kelly Awardnominated series that ran in Army Times , this is the remarkable story of a courageous military unit that sacrificed their lives to change Adhamiya, Iraq, from a lawless town where insurgents roamed freely, to a secure neighborhood with open storefronts and a safe ...
Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance
Dina Rizk Khoury
Cambridge University Press
When U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq in 2003, they occupied a country that had been at war for twenty-three years. Yet in their attempts to understand Iraqi society and history, few policy makers, analysts, and journalists took into account the profound impact that Iraq's long engagement with war had on the Iraqis' everyday engagement with politics, with the business of managing their daily lives, and on their cultural imagination. Starting with ...
Combat and Other Shenanigans: Tales of the Absurd from a Deployment to Iraq
War is hell…but sometimes it’s also funny as hell. Combat and Other Shenanigans is Lieutenant Piers Platt’s firsthand account of his year as a cavalry platoon leader in Iraq. Wry, action-packed, and poignant, Combat and Other Shenanigans is the absurd-but-true story of the antics the world’s finest soldiers get up to when no one high-ranking is watching.
Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq
University of Texas Press
With previously unpublished photographs by an incredibly diverse group of the world's top news photographers, Photojournalists on War presents a groundbreaking new visual and oral history of America's nine-year conflict in the Middle East. Michael Kamber interviewed photojournalists from many leading news organizations, including Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, the Guardian , the Los Angeles Times , Magnum , Newsweek , the New ...
The Modern History of Iraq
Now in its third edition, The Modern History of Iraq places in historical perspective the crises and upheavals that continue to afflict the country. The book focuses on several important themes: the search for national identity in a multiethnic, multireligious state; the struggle to achieve economic development and modernity in a traditional society; and the political dynamics that have led to the current situation. Phebe Marr draws on ...
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005
Thomas E. Ricks
Coming from The Penguin Press in February 2009, Thomas E. Ricks's The Gamble Thomas E. Ricks 's #1 New York Times bestseller, Fiasco , transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq. Now Ricks has picked up where Fiasco left off-Iraq, late 2005. With more newsbreaking information, including hundreds of hours of interviews with top U.S. officials who were on the ground during the surge and beyond, The Gamble is the natural ...
IRAQ WAR 2003: What Really Happened Behind The Scenes: The Story Of The Greatest Blunder In American History ...
Charles Edmund Coyote
Coyote Report The
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 Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
HMH Books for Young Readers
"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 ...
The Iran-Iraq War: A Military and Strategic History
Cambridge University Press
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 ...
Faisal I of Iraq
Ali A. Allawi
Yale University Press
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 ...
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