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Rieckhoff is that soldier and Chasing Ghosts is that book.
It's likely that you'll view this book through your own preconceptions and political beliefs, and make some general assumptions about the validity of his position.
So I came to this book already impressed by his poise and ability to articulate the problems of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.
To this reader it seemed like the main purpose of the book was not clear and cohesive throughout.
A lot of this has been written before. Read more
Creepy. Same-o, same-o Nam all over again. But lest the reader jump to the conclusion that I allude to governmental policy and our military leadership's execution, I'm much more... Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by Edmund C. Perry
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... Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by A. Bacon
"Chasing Ghosts" although an easy read it is also an informative read to people who may not understand how the Army functions. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by David
Both my sons served in Iraq and are still in the military. I've heard from both of them, read letters from both, gained their perspectives, read and watched the news since the day... Read morePublished on January 6, 2010 by Brook R. Gramann
Allow me to start by saying that I am both a veteran of the Iraq War and I fancy myself a bit of a journalist. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Joshua M. Patton
Paul's account of his time in Iraq is honest and the truth. Being a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom I & III, I can attest that his account of things is much similar to my own. Read morePublished on December 12, 2009 by Nicholas G. Sullivan
I have read many first hand accounts of the recent American invasion and occupation of Iraq, but this one is my favorite. Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by Tomas Alford
In Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective, Paul Rieckhoff writes a brilliant, no-kidding memoir of what it was really like to walk the streets of... Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by C. M. Palmisano