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Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (Yale Library of Military History) Hardcover – September 16, 2008
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All professional affilitations aside, this review represents my personal opinion. That said, I believe Colonel Mansoor has produced a forthright, factual, and valuable narrative of his experiences in the tumultuous months following the fall of Sadaam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
A respected historian prior to assuming brigade command, Colonel Mansoor took it upon himself to record each day's events in a notebook for posterity's sake. He does not rely solely on his memory, media reports, or the recollections of others. This fact alone sets his account apart from other OIF related personal accounts. His book is even more important given the relative lack of historical material, when compared to later OIF deployments, on the operations conducted by 1st Armored Division during the period 2003 - 2004.
If Mansoor has an unstated agenda, it is a subtle one focused on educating our nation's future political and military leadership.Read more ›
Col. Mansoor's book is a great mixture of military theory, Islamic history and cultural anthropology, all thrown into a personal account of his personal goals and associated challenges. I can't began to list off everything I learned and truthfully believe it would be great for everyone from military historians to those with no knowledge of military tactics and jargon (like yours truly).
On a separate note, I just finished two years of business school with a number of former officers who served in our nation's War on Terror. Reading this book left me with a clear picture of what life on the frontlines is really like, as well as a new appreciation for their hard work and sacrifice. I will hopefully be at the USMA in a few weeks to see a classmate and close friend of mine who is now a West Point professor. Although it may embarrass him in front of new colleagues, he will be getting a hug and a sincere 'thank you' from a friend whose freedom and safety he risked so much for.
Colonel Mansoor, thank you for such an enlightening read. My best for you and your family (Jana, the children and even the dogs) in the future.
Provider One November (2003-2007)
Colonel Mansoor has given a very honest account of his service during one of the darkest periods of Iraq; the beginning of not only the insurgency, but also the disillusionment with Operation Iraqi Freedom in the eyes of the American public. Undoubtedly, this book will serve as an often cited source for future analysis.
However, the book makes no apologies about its perspective. This is the war as seen by a Brigade Commander. Notably, one who is well educated, experienced and with the best of intentions. And there in lies the flaw - how reliable is the narrative as a first person source? At times, the memoir of Peter Mansoor becomes the epic of Ready 6. A characteristic that distinguishes the best of military memoirs is the ability to divorce the individual from his position; being a witness instead of a biographer. This memoir gives descriptions in spades, but the analysis is sparse.
There is a lot of "I" and "me" in this book - something that will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows. This becomes problematic if you intend to use this book for military scholarship rather than general information. The Brigade Staff is relegated to the role of comic relief; their only mention comes from quips and gallows humor. The Division Headquarters is always the foil, the subordinate commanders are always students.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Typical commander, spent way to much time in the rear. He obviously lived his entire deployment through his troops. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Doc nowicki
I recommend this book for those interested in the recent past situation in Iraq.Published 15 months ago by M. Conant
Item arrived in great time and was of superior quality.Published 19 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