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Starred Review. This is a unique contribution to the burgeoning literature on the Iraq war, analyzing the day-to-day performance of a U.S. brigade in Baghdad during 2004-2005. Mansoor uses a broad spectrum of sources to address the military, political and cultural aspects of an operation undertaken with almost no relevant preparation, which tested officers and men to their limits and generated mistakes and misjudgments on a daily basis. The critique is balanced, perceptive and merciless—and Mansoor was the brigade commander. Military history is replete with command memoirs. Most are more or less self-exculpatory. Even the honest ones rarely achieve this level of analysis. The effect is like watching a surgeon perform an operation on himself. Mansoor has been simultaneously a soldier and a scholar, able to synergize directly his military and academic experiences. He presents an eloquent critique of the armed forces' post-Vietnam neglect of counterinsurgency and makes a strong case for integrating military forces with civilian experts who can aid reconstruction in counterinsurgency operations. Above all, Mansoor reasserts the enduring impact of fog and friction on war. There is never an easy solution, he says—or an easy exit. Maps. (Sept.)
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*Starred Review* In 2004, Mansoor stirred controversy by sending scores of correspondents a lengthy e-mail challenging media representations of the Iraq War with his own personal experience as an on-the-ground soldier. This compelling narrative goes much further, offering not only factual corrections of published accounts of battlefield events but also incisive analysis of overall American strategy. In reportage that crackles with the gunfire of street fighting, then segues into candid reflections on America’s military doctrines and policies, Mansoor draws readers directly into the tension of the Iraqi conflict. Readers feel the frustrations of American military leaders as victory over Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime unexpectedly lets loose a bloody cycle of sectarian violence. Those planning to establish a unified Iraqi democracy thus find themselves trying to defuse the lethal animosities dividing Ba’athists, Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, and Syrian Catholics. Mansoor frankly confronts American errors—highlighting the wholesale disbanding of the Iraqi army, the initial deployment of American troops far from urban centers, and the abuse of Iraqi detainees—and he exposes serious deficiencies in American military training. But he strongly affirms the valor and resourcefulness of the American soldier, and he defends a cautiously optimistic assessment of the “surge” of U.S. troops in Baghdad. A sober and balanced perspective. --Bryce ChristensenSee all Editorial Reviews
Typical commander, spent way to much time in the rear. He obviously lived his entire deployment through his troops. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Doc nowicki
I recommend this book for those interested in the recent past situation in Iraq.Published 9 months ago by M. Conant
Item arrived in great time and was of superior quality.Published 13 months ago by Clifford E. Wheeler
Colonel Mansoor's excellent work fills a vital need in the continuing perspective of US interests in the Middle East and southwest Asia. Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Louis Dechert
General Creighton Abrams, the man whom they named the M-1 tank after, was often asked why he did not write an autobiography. Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by matt8386
I found this an excellent read! I have met Peter Mansoor and listened to him speak and he is an sxcellent spokesman for The Ohio State University (where he now teaches) and for... Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Peter J. Anderson
Since other books on the Surge spoke highly of Mansoor Baghdad at Sunrise seemed an inevitable purchase. However, in his own book Mansoor continues to speak highly of ... himself. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by M. Drees
I personally know the author, having worked with the Ready First Combat Team for many years prior to Col. Mansoor's command. Read morePublished on August 22, 2009 by Judith Brown
This is a great book for giving a comprehensive account of the first year in Iraq through the eyes of an Army commander on the ground. Honest, blunt, thoughtful.Published on June 1, 2009 by K. R. Beard