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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie; First Edition edition (May 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932714774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932714777
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In New Dawn, Richard Lowry presents not just a brilliant account of the battle for Fallujah, but also a useful overview of the history, economics, and culture of the region. Lowry shows what's great about the US military: skilled and powerful but also humanitarian and ultimately peace-seeking. Lowry's book is a must-read for anyone interested in how we won in Iraq." --Newt Gingrich, bestselling author and former Speaker of the House of Representatives

New Dawn is an historically accurate and riveting account of the heroic struggle for Fallujah. Lowry has captured our warriors courage, determination, and sacrifice. A must-read to understand the War on Terror. --Colonel Mike Shupp, USMC (ret.)

Today s readers and tomorrow s historians will be most thankful that Richard devoted years of his life to ensure New Dawn not only accurately documents these battles, but also rightfully gives the credit to those young Americans whose sacrifices made success possible. --Lieutenant General Thomas Metz, US Army (ret.)

About the Author

About the Author: Richard S. Lowry is an internationally recognized military historian, public speaker, and author. He is a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Submarine Service, husband, father of three sons, and longtime resident of Orlando, Florida. He has published The Gulf War Chronicles (iUniverse, 2003 and iUniverse Star, 2008), Marines in the Garden of Eden (Berkley Caliber, 2006 and 2007), and US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 (Osprey, 2006). Additionally, he contributed to Small Unit Actions (United States Marine Corps History Division, 2008) and was commissioned by the History Division to write a battle study of Task Force Tarawa's involvement in the 2003 invasion. He has been published in The Weekly Standard, Armchair General, Military Magazine, and The Marine Corps Gazette. In 2008, Richard was the military consultant for David C. Taylor's award-winning documentary film, "Perfect Valor." The majority of the stories in "Perfect Valor" are pulled from the pages of New Dawn.

In 2006, Marines in the Garden of Eden won the Silver Medal for history from the Military Writers Society of America. The Gulf War Chronicles also received recognition from MWSA in 2006 and has achieved Editor's Choice, Reader's Choice, and STAR distinction from iUniverse. "Perfect Valor" earned the Best Feature Documentary Award at the 2009 GI Film Festival.

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Richard S. Lowry is an internationally recognized military historian and author. His latest book, New Dawn, the battles for Fallujah (Savas Beatie LLC, 2010), has been nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's coveted Wallace M. Greene, Jr. award. Richard has previously published the award winning Marines in the Garden of Eden (Berkley Caliber, 2006), The Gulf War Chronicles (iUniverse, 2003 and iUniverse Star, 2008), and US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 (Osprey, 2006). Additionally, he contributed to Small Unit Actions (United States Marine Corps History Division, 2008).

He has been published in Armchair General, Military Magazine, Soldier of Fortune and The Marine Corps Gazette. Richard was the military consultant to David C. Taylor for the award-winning documentary film, "Perfect Valor." Richard frequently contributes to several internet news and blog sites i.e., www.op-for.com, www.theweeklystandard.com, and www.blackfive.com and now has his own site; http://blog.richardslowry.com. He also has a continuing military news column at http://www.examiner.com/x-30068-Orlando-Military-Headlines-Examiner.

Richard has spoken to many community organizations to include the Military Officers Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the Florida Retired Chief Petty Officers Association, Marine Corps Association, Marine Corps League, Navy League, the Association of the US Army, the Military Officers Association, Rotary and Kiwanis. He has spoken on many different subjects relating to the current war in Iraq and Operation Desert Storm.

Richard has appeared on Book TV and Veterans Chronicles and is regularly featured on the Andrea Shea King internet radio program. He is a military contributor to WFLA news radio in Orlando and has appeared on many regional television and radio programs.

Richard is an award winning author. In 2006, Marines in the Garden of Eden won the Silver Medal for history and in 2010, New Dawn won the Gold Medal for history from the Military Writers Society of America. The Gulf War Chronicles also received recognition from MWSA in 2006 and has achieved Editor's Choice, Reader's Choice and STAR distinctions from iUniverse. In 2009, "Perfect Valor" received the best feature documentary award at the GI Film Festival.

Richard has established himself as an expert on the war in Afghanistan and Iraq with a substantial radio, television and internet following. He is a distinguished historian, captivating writer and engaging public speaker.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Juan Rubio on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just received my first copy of New Dawn, The Battles for Fallujah just two days ago. And let me tell you, I was unable to set it down. In two days, i finished the book and starting to read a second time. Just in case i may have miss something. This book is by far a must read. Richard S. Lowry out done himself once again. A perfect storyteller. I highly recommand this book. Outstanding work, Richard.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Faulkner on June 1, 2010
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New Dawn: The Battles for Fallujah is award-winning author Richard Lowry's Opus Magnus. Well-documented, mapped, footnoted, and indexed to enhance comprehension of military terminology, this important piece of American history is as moving as a historical novel and as scholarly as a text book. It's a small piece that packs an enormous wallop.

Unlike other historians who focus solely on battle strategies and tactics, Lowry also introduces the reader to the participants--from the Generals to the Privates--by name. As a result, I shuddered as the Blackwater Contractors were murdered and mutilated in Fallujah - because this time, they weren't strangers but four men with names - Westley Batalona, Jerry Zovko, Scott Helvenston, and Michael Teague. I felt like I was with Gunny Popaditch as he charged into the city to clear out the insurgents - and I was distressed as any friend would be when he was wounded. Throughout the battle, I held my breath and prayed for the safety of real people with mothers and fathers and wives and children - men like Juan Rubio, Benny Alicea, Matthew Smith, and Jason Arellano.

For American tax payers who have come to expect the complications associated with inter-service rivalries, this book highlights the cooperative spirit between the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines that made this mission successful. Lowry allows the reader to peek behind the scenes as the Generals define their battle plans, assessing resources and determining who will do what. Then, as the insurgents react, we see Command reassessing and making tactical adjustments. We see the Army offering up not just the resources that were requested, but the resources that were available. We see Navy Corpsman risking their lives to bring aid to the wounded and dying.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Botkin on August 3, 2010
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From the fighting general's view to the fighting lance corporal's view at the absolute tip of the spear, Rich Lowry has sewn together a masterful story as he takes the reader block by bloody block, almost room by room, to the costly victory secured by American (mostly Marines but the army is covered in glory as well) warriors in the battle for Fallujah. Lowry's exhaustive cast of participants really does range from the top of the command chain down to individual infantrymen and navy corpsmen, with numerous players at every level to broaden the view and feel, whose 21st century tenacity, courage and sense of honor are in keeping with what their fathers and grandfathers demonstrated at places like Khe Sanh and Hue City, the Chosin Reservoir, Tarawa and Iwo Jima.
"New Dawn" is a tough read. It is replete with illustration after illustration of the prices paid by American forces in rooting out an equally determined and zealous enemy in the hell of urban combat. While not a happy story, the too numerous to count examples of the heroism and basic goodness of the modern American fighting man will gladden the reader's heart. That Lowry secured endorsements from senior generals and junior troops for this magnificent work speaks volumes.
The reader cannot finish "New Dawn" without refreshing his or her sense of gratitude and confidence that the American fighting man of today, on any battlefield, is without equal. A real tribute to American valor.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Navarro on May 25, 2010
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Thanks to Mr. Lowry for writing a book that tells our stories and honors our brothers who lost their lives in Fallujah. If anyone is interested in how we won in Fallujah then this book is a must read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AmericanJarhead on June 14, 2010
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I enjoyed this book. While it can be a little dry and difficult the follow at times without a map in front of you, it is a story of real people doing heroic things. The battle strategy for Fallujah is thoroughly documented. As this battle falls deeper and deeper into history this book will become more and more important. One this is clear, the Marines of today are no less than the Old Breed Marines of Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Belleau Wood. The only difference is the technology, not the soul. PS: The Army was involved as well and did a fine job... (Didn't want to leave you doggies out)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. Starr on June 3, 2010
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New Dawn is one of the most poignant, evocative, and brilliantly written books I have ever read. Richard Lowry's credibility is incontestable, and his account of the battles for Fallujah is incredibly moving, and inspiring. I recommend this book to all!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Clewett on July 27, 2010
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I thought for the most part that this was a well researched and well written battle history. It was not always easy to follow but the authour did better than most. A couple of more detailed maps perhaps with all the phase lines listed would have been a good add on but I do applaud the authour for his inclusion of numerous maps. I would have given it five stars except I thought it did have some limitations.
First it is the battle from only the US perspective, whilst I am well aware that getting to interview any of the insurgent combatants would have been difficult and perhaps given the short time since the battle and the fact conflict is still in progress impossible but none the less without some perspective from the opposition it is a incomplete in my view. Perhaps a revision in a few years time will complete it. Some perspective from the allied Iraqi forces would also help complete it. Second I did find in parts of the book a little bit of "flag waving" (I am non US) and a some parts the writing a little bit glib. Statements with the effect of "mowed them down" which are given as fact yet with little supporting evidence as to the real result of the fire fight detract from what I think is good historical writing. Also there is very little if any mention of civilian casualties despite there obviously being some civilians remaining in the city.
Despite the above I do highly recommend this book.
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