Crimes of War
Paperback ISBN: 1560258039
An independent commission looking into American war crimes committed during the war in Iraq contends that the war is not being fought in accordance with international standards of law, in an account that draws on documentation by scholars, journalists, Iraqis, and soldiers to reveal both illegal actions and address the legality of the war itself. Original.
Standard Operating Procedure
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1594201323
Collects the stories of the American soldiers who took and appeared in the controversial digital photographs from Abu Ghraib, in a collaborative account of Iraq's scandal-marked occupation that reveals how it is being experienced by both guards and prisoners. 100,000 first printing.
A Disappearance in Damascus
Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
Hardcover ISBN: 1250147875
Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction Longlisted for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned war reporter Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Campbell’s frank, personal account of a journey through fear and the triumph of friendship and courage is as riveting as it is illuminating. The story begins in 2007 when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a “fixer
Basrah, Baghdad, and Beyond
The U.S. Marine Corps In The Second Iraq War
Hardcover ISBN: 1591147174
Reynolds (history, US Naval War College) examines Operation Iraqi Freedom of 2001-2003 as a Marine and a skilled historian with extraordinary access to primary resource material and significant participants in-country as well as out. Although focused primarily on Americans' battles in the main theater in Iraq, Reynolds describes the events leading up to the opening gambit as well as the fighting northward in Kurdistan and Mosul, the role of British forces, the occupation of 2003, and the process of recording and memorizing the lessons learned. Reynolds also supplies a helpful summary of the action, a chronology of events, and a troop list for March to November of 2003. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The United States Army In Operation Iraqi Freedom
Hardcover ISBN: 1591142792
Fontenot, former director of the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, details US Army operations during the Second Gulf War, drawing on official records and work carried out by the Army's Operation Iraqi Freedom Study Group. The first part of the book reviews the evolution of the Army since the First Gulf War. A narrative of combat operations through May 1, 2003, follows, focusing on the tactical level but set in the context of theater-level operations. Stories of individual soldiers are interwoven throughout the account. B&w combat photos are included. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The American Military Adventure in Iraq
Hardcover ISBN: 159420103x
A military chronicle of the Iraq war is a critical assessment of America's role as viewed from the firsthand perspectives of senior military officers that argues that the guerrilla insurgency that took place in the months after the fall of Saddam Hussein was avoidable and that officers who spoke against the war did so at the cost of their careers. 200,000 first printing.
The Military Error
Baghdad and Beyond in America's War of Choice
Paperback ISBN: 159017299x
Why did George W. Bush invade Iraq? What were the real motives, the overarching policy decisions that drove events from September 11 until the war began?To a large extent, we still don’t know. But by now we do know in some detail, as Thomas Powers carefully explains in the essays collected here, how the administration made its case for war, using faulty intelligence to argue that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a mounting threat to the Middle East. Once Iraq was occupied and the weapons turned out not to exist, the case for war seemed to disappear as well. Bit by bit the evidence–the documents suggesting that Iraq was trying to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger, the aluminum tubes that the United States claimed were meant for uranium enrichment, the Iraqi defector code-named Curveball who claimed Saddam had mobile biological weapons labs–has been exposed as unreliable, misinterpreted, “cherry-picked,” exaggerated, or just fake.But as faulty as the intelligence was, it was always only a pretext, a way of persuading Congress, America, and the world to support a war that President Bush had already decided to wage. The real question remains: Why did Bush insist on a war of choice, refusing to accept any solution short of an American occupation of Iraq? The answers Powers proposes to that question, which assess the Iraq invasion as an insistence on responding to political and cultural conflicts with military action, suggest an overarching failure of American policy in the region that, as long as it remains insufficiently understood and publicly debated, will make it difficult for any president to change course.No one is better prepared than Powers to evaluate the way the Bush administration used intelligence to make its case for war, used the CIA for political ends, and used arguments of secrecy to advance both its geopolitical agenda and its claims for executive power. But beyond the now-familiar stories of nonexistent WMDs, The Military Error proposes a new, deeper analysis of the error of using military force, which has succeeded primarily in generating opposition and increasing resistance to American aims. America went into Iraq full of bright hopes and confident ideas, but Powers argues that those ideas, based on the ability of force to solve problems, defeat opponents, and make friends, were largely illusions. Such illusions, as we learned at great cost in Vietnam, die hard, but we can make decisions about our future role in Iraq only by understanding the errors that got us embroiled there in the first place.
General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq
Paperback ISBN: 0143116916
Draws on extensive interviews with top officers in Iraq to document the war as it has unfolded in recent years, placing a focus on the unorthodox strategies of General David Petraeus, from his work with foreign advisors to the ways in which his officers disagreed with key decisions. Reprint. A #1 best-seller.
The Good Soldiers
Paperback ISBN: 0312430027
It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it the surge. “Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences,” he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers. About to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them. Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home forever changed. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel was with them in Bagdad, and almost every grueling step of the way. What was the true story of the surge? And was it really a success? Those are the questions he grapples with in his remarkable report from the front lines. Combining the action of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down with the literary brio of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, The Good Soldiers is an unforgettable work of reportage. And in telling the story of these good soldiers, the heroes and the ruined, David Finkel has also produced an eternal tale—not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars, for all time.
Cradle of Conflict
Iraq And the Birth of Modern U.S. Military Power
Hardcover ISBN: 1591144442
Knights (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) offers a detailed military narrative of America's struggle against Iraq's Baathists between 1990 and 2005, which sets the stage for his critique of US military power in the region and the asymmetric resistance capabilities of US adversaries. Drawing on interviews with American military and political decision makers, he provides information on political-military and military-technical aspects of the conflict that has not been released before, including the first unclassified account of operations such as Desert Storm and Southern Focus. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)