The Marines Take Anbar
The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda
Hardcover ISBN: 1612511406
Author Shultz, Jr. (international politics, Fletcher School, Tufts U.) shares his extensive research on the U.S. Marine Corps' four-year campaign in Iraq's Anbar Province. The author, a well-known international security studies expert, makes a persuasive argument that the Marines' 2004-2008 campaign was the game changer in the Iraq war, and not the Surge which has been the most popular focus as the war's turning point. The book will attract readers with an interest in U.S. military campaigns and international affairs. Annotation
Marines, Sheiks, and the Battle Against Al Qaeda
Paperback ISBN: 1591141702
"Attacks in the Fallujah peaked in 2006 when American and Iraqi government forces struggled with a reinvigorated insurgency and the prospect of premature withdrawal by U.S. forces. Fallujah Awakens tells the story of the remarkable turnaround that followed. Journalist Bill Ardolino explains how local tribal leaders and U.S. Marines forged a surprising alliance that helped secure the famous battleground. It is one of the few books to recount events from both American and Iraqi perspectives. Based on more than120 interviews with Iraqis and U.S. Marines, Ardolino describes how a company of reservists, led by a medical equipment sales manager from Michigan, succeeded where previous efforts had stalled. Circumstance combined with smart, charismatic leadershipenabled Americans to build relationships with members of a Sunni tribe who pushed al Qaeda and other insurgents from their notoriously rebellious area"--
Iraq and Back
Inside the War to Win the Peace
Paperback ISBN: 1591146496
A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel provides her first-hand account of the effort to rebuild Iraq and describes the political, military and economic issues that made their mission to reconstruct infrastructure, provide humanitarian assistance and foster democracy nearly impossible. Original.
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
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 Forever War
Paperback ISBN: 0307279448
A correspondent furnishes a best-selling account of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, from the rise of the Taliban, to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, offering a compelling study of the people involved from all sides of the conflict. Reprint. A New York Times Best Book of the Year and a Nation Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
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.
Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Hardcover ISBN: 1400044871
A journalist and former Baghdad bureau chief for The Washington Post furnishes a revealing look at life in Baghdad's Green Zone, the headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq, criticizing the follies and foibles of L. Paul Bremer and others in the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq. 30,000 first printing.
General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
Hardcover ISBN: 1594201978
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. 250,000 first printing.
The Unseen War
Allied Air Power and the Takedown of Saddam Hussein
Paperback ISBN: 1612513115
In this work for historians, scholars, strategists, policy makers, and war buffs, Lambeth (Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments) offers a detailed narrative and assessment of the American and allied contribution to the three-week air offensive of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the military operation that led to the defeat of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The author reviews high-level planning, then describes air operations and provides vignettes from the perspectives of individual airmen during combat. The book concludes with a synopsis of what worked in the campaign, unanticipated problems, and how shortcomings could've been improved with in areas such as training, tactics, and equipment capability. A wealth of b&w photos and maps complement the text. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)