books about: iraq
American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam
Thank God for good men like Oliver North. I wish we could have more men in power with his faith and his understanding of our military's capabilities and purpose. I am also very thankful for the work being done in Iraq and Afganistan. It is not a finished work nor a perfect work, but it is certainly not a flawed effort as our news outlets lead us to believe. Brining our troops home before ...
Chasing Ghosts: A Soldier's Fight for America from Baghdad to Washington
An Honest Account
Paul Rieckhoff gives an honest account of life in the early part of the invasion. Poor planning and egotistical views of the US's ability to free Iraq and it's people created unthinkable situations for unprepaired soldiers. Rieckhoff takes you into his own experiences dealing with these situations and gives a soldiers account of how he went into war with the army that he had, not the army that ...
No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah
Great, tells the true story of our brave Marines, and exposes the flaws of other news reports and politics.
This book is great, I loved it. It details how the Marines were deployed, attacked, stopped, restarted and stopped again. This exposes the political and military leaders lack of communication, and proof that if we simply listened to the troops, we could have avoided this. It shows how exaggerated the civilian casualties truly were,and what brave and heroic warriors serve us. Details the combat, ...
My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
The process of learning to love one's father
To review this book I divided it into two distinct but merged parts. The first part is a powerful story of a highly intelligent Jew from Kurdish Iraq, Yona Sabar, now a professor at UCLA and an eminent scholar of Neo-Aramaic. His lifelong work and efforts were rewarded with the rescue and preservation of a language near extinction. As a speaker of Aramaic and subsequent documentarian of the ...
A book that all Americans should read
Well, there's already a lot of reviews for this book. So I will try a different approach. This is not a book that you read straight off in one sitting. It hurts too much inside to keep going. You must necessarily stop and put the book down to wipe away the tears as you regain your own composure ( there I go again with the tears as I write these words ). This book contains bitter realizations ...
From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava
The Lyons Press
A Story of Redemption
This is a story about redemption. It is a memoir of the Iraq war with a beautiful twist. Jay Kopelman is a modern day warrior who had dream of being a Marine since boyhood. His mission in Iraq is to kill and killing came easy to this desensitized warrior class. Then Kopelman met the little bundle of fur who had managed to survive the bombing of a city. As a result Kopelman learns he can cry, he ...
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle
106 reviews, ...
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009
Great story, great subject
This is a well-illustrated children's book, that will be heartwarming to any adult, teen, or child. It's a story of the importance of kindness, loyalty, and concern for others. We bought a copy to take to the USO "United Through Reading" room for troops coming through Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, headed for Afghanistan and Iraq. They have a free video made there, of the parent reading the ...
Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
Atlantic Monthly Press
Best book of modern war since Black Hawk Down
This book has you hooked from beginning to end. It really pulls no punches in the descriptions of the violence that these Soldiers were subjected to. David Zucchino also keeps the book very well paced. I read this book in two days, it was hard not to keep reading. It was amazing what a beating the the men and the tanks took. I highly recomend this book to those who enjoy military non fiction or ...
Shadow of the Sword: A Marine's Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption
Presidio Press, 2009
The Scars of Battle are Not Always Due to Bullets
I've been delaying reading this book for some time as the subject matter hit a little too close to home. As a parent of a new Marine, I wasn't ready to tackle the issues addressed in Jeremiah Workman's story, Shadow of the Sword: A Marine's Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption. However, once I started Staff Sergeant Workman's story, I couldn't put the book down. Touching, honest, and ...
Moment of Truth in Iraq
Richard Vigilante Books, 2008
Gets you thinking
While I don't agree with all the criticisms of the war from the author, and that he interjects them repeatedly just in case he starts to sound like he's leaning too far right (he seems to really love and respect the military and the cause of the war) to keep his "in the middle" reputation, this book definitely got me thinking. While its fair to say mistakes were made, I don't think anybody ...
Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery
Savas Beatie, 2008
Fantastic reading about a true modern hero. Not just for what he did in battle, but after he lost his eyesight. His fought for his country, his Marines and now for those wounded who have to fight the red tape to get the treatment needed. Nick Popaditch is a living breathing example of what makes this country great. He demanded only the best from his men and himself. As a tanker, I loved this ...
Hard Corps: From Gangster to Marine Hero
Three Rivers Press
A book for more then one type of reader!!
I'm a recently retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer who is an avid reader of military history books. I was on the receiving end of the wounded and killed in action as the RCT-1 Casualty Operations OIC at Camp Horno during this period. Most wounded couldn't wait to get back to their squad in the combat zone. I read the book because I was interested in Sgt Martinez's gang history and how the ...
Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq
A Lesson in Life
I finished the book more than a month ago. Then read it again. And then read it again. There is so much power that leaps from the pages, it's almost impossible to absorb all of the messages to be found in this book. It's a rough read at times, but so is war... and real life. But there's also hope and optimism, and that's what makes Paradise General a highly recommended book. I don't think we ...
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
One of my favorite books!
I love to read, and have read many books, but Seven Daughters and Seven Sons is on of my favorite of all times. My parents read it to me when I was young, and since then I have re-read it many times. If you are looking for a quality, historical romance to read individually or as a family, have no hesitation to choose this one!
The Gulf Between Us : Love and Terror in Desert Storm
Col. Cliff Acree
An honest review from a grateful reader
When I first bought this book, I thought it would be something I MIGHT pick up and read...if I didn't have something better to do. Being a new Marine spouse in a post-9/11 world, the story was, at least, an intriguing one, and any new information I could get was a bonus. I had NO idea what was in store. This is a story of patriotism, of survival, of fear, of strength, of new and old friendships, ...
The New American Empire
Behind the Iraqi Mess
Among the many books written on the Iraq war and the Bush administration's fixation with militarism, this book by economist Tremblay is one of the most readable and most informative. The fact that George W. Bush was planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' in that country, even before he took power in January 2001, should make people pause and think. So should the ...
The Only Thing Worth Dying For
HarperCollins e-books, 2010
The Only Thing Worth Dying For
If you have ever wondered about the "hype" afforded to "Green Berets" this book is a must read! Having served in Special Forces back in the days when officers and enlisted soldiers were "qualified" separately, I have often wondered if there truly has been a change in the training programs. Reading this book, I found the current training program is apparently not only the same, but there ...
Alice James Books
An inspiration to all the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This was the first book of poems I bought and it was a great comfort to me. I have served in Iraq three times and it is great to read something from someone that has been on the ground. This is something every veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan will cherish for years.
The Gift of Valor: A War Story
Michael M. Phillips
Random House Audio
Love, Honor, and Guilt
I am a Vietnam veteran. I've been struggling with survivor's guilt for over 40 years. Corporal Dunham was a brave soldier. I have no doubt he's gone on to his reward in heaven. I know what his fellow soldiers, those still living, are suffering. There is no cure. Time will diminish the pain, but the memories will remain forever. The writer Jose Narosky said, "...there are no unwounded ...
Charlie Battery: A Marine Artillery Unit in Iraq (Hellgate Memories Series) (Hellgate Memories Series)
Andrew J. Lubin
Wish I could thank everyone Andrew Lubin wrote about
If you have an interest in the military, and would like to read about it from a very human point of view, you'll appreciate Charlie Battery as much as I did. I have no children serving, but friends who are parents and wives of men in the Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Army. My interest in the military also developed from loving someone who was a Navy surgeon in VietNam - and knowing how horribly ...
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