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One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story Hardcover – October 12, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax; First Edition edition (October 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401352472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401352479
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The charge to find intelligence for use against terrorists with no clear rules as to how to do it led inevitably to abuses at Abu Ghraib, asserts Karpinski, the commanding general in charge of military police at the prison made infamous by Saddam Hussein and even more so by American troops. In a bid not to be defined by Abu Ghraib, Karpinski tells the story of her life in the military leading to her command of the Iraqi prison, including her stint with the reserves and her deployment to the first Gulf War, where she earned a Bronze Star. When she was assigned to oversee MPs at Abu Ghraib, Karpinski found herself doubly resented, as a reservist and as a woman. She details the conflicts with military culture and an old-boy network, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. She describes little support from the regular army and no clear chain of command as military intelligence stepped up harsh treatment of prisoners in search of "actionable intelligence." Karpinski accepts her own shortcomings but maintains that she was made a scapegoat in the shameful events for which, other than herself, only lower-level servicemen have been punished. This is a completely fascinating look at a troubling event from the perspective of a woman who has been on the frontline. REVWR
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"A completely fascinating look at a troubling event from the perspective of a woman who has been on the frontline." -- Booklist

"Sobering reading for all women warriors." -- The Evening Standard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Claudia M. Richmann on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Colonel Karpinski earned the highest raiting for her autobiography because it spurred me to write to my congressman, senators, the President...and this review. Before the revelations in this book I had visions of Karpinski sitting back, watching her MPs play "pick up sticks" with their piles of prisoners. Now I realize she truly had no knowledge of abuse and understand how this ignorance was possible. I did not know her mission in Iraq was to construct from scratch and run 17 prisons. That Iraq's prison system had been destroyed by Saddam and she had to make these prisons available not only to our POWs, (later "detainees,") but also for the common Iraqi criminal element. The 800th MP Brigade, a patchwork quilt of various Reserve Companies, was woefully understaffed and under supplied; and as Reservists rather than regular Army, their needs were not a priority. As units were sent home they were not replaced, so Karpinski was faced with the challenge of guarding an ever burgeoning prison population with fewer and fewer troops. She had to play chess with the companies guarding her various prisons and move them around to procure maximum efficiency with minimum coverage. At Abu Ghraib there was the additional challenge of operating in a combat zone under almost daily motar attacks with threats of suicide bombings and ground assaults without the backing nor protection of combat troops. This was how the untrained soldiers from the 372nd MP Co came to Abu Ghraib and unbeknownst to Karpinski were pressed by civilian interrogators into "softening up" prisoners before interrogations.Read more ›
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66 of 83 people found the following review helpful By B. Horrigan on October 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Karpinski has a lot of guts to tell it as it was in Iraq. She is forthright about her own shortcomings but paints a detailed and vivid picture of the situation on the ground after the American invasion. The incompetence and cockiness of the Bush administration is laid bare--by someone who should have been one of their biggest supporters. The sexist culture of the military at every level is the second line of this story, but Karpinski never whines--and, until she was stabbed in the back by her own people, she never let her stop going after the career she wanted. A must read, if you want a balanced view.
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85 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Alexander E. Paulsen on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
You probably won't see this book on Fox News but this book is explosive. You'll have to stop every few pages and to absorb it all.

From news reports I initially thought that General Karpinski had to be the incompetent military officer in history for letting all that go on in the prison and claims to know nothing about it. But something just didn't feel right about the whole thing. Missing pieces of the puzzle made the whole thing stink to high heaven.

Now get the real story. Make no mistake - this IS the real story.

General Karpinski was not permitted by her boss to even enter the area of the prison where the torture took place. She even was ordered not to release prisoners proven to be innocent. When she tried to break the whole wide open she was sacrified. Thay is only the tip of the iceberg of this story.

Karpinski was thrown to wolves as a scapegoat while the real criminals patted themselves on the back.

This is a story of a government out of control. Professional military officers were shut out and not allowed to do their jobs under the law.

The story of Abu Ghraib told by General Karpinski is amazing and credible. She tells of mercenaries used by military intelligence, and instances where prison guards fired by departments of corrections for brutality were recruited for use in Iraq.

You will read this with your jaw dropped. I couldn't believe what I was reading. But the information checks out. The general is very credible and her story does shed new light on elements of this story that never made any sense to me. Now it is all clear. It finally makes sense and the missing pieces to the puzzle are finally all together.

This is a story of a cancer in the US hierarchy. This book will blow your mind.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hensler VINE VOICE on January 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book should have been "The Perfect Storm". I'll get to that later.

Now, dear Amazon.com buyer, I recommend this book. Why? It does give some good reasons, not excuses, for the prisoner abuse that took place in Iraq. Why did I give the book three stars? First, there is no appendix nor is there a glossary. I think it's a little unfair that a person, who may have never been in the army, has to keep looking up Jump TOC and various other acronyms in previous pages. That cost a star. Second, the book is thin. While the General talks quite a bit about the business in Iraq she could give a really tell readers about the Army Reserve system. So while the book looks like quite a few pages if you just changed the margin spacing and the font of the type then I doubt the book would have been 150 pages. A thin book about a fairly large historical event cost another star.

If you're a "blue" American you'll like the way this book attacks some of the policies of the Bush administration. If you're a "red" American your blood will boil over the passing of the great American combat leader. Lieutenant General Sanchez and Brigadier Karpinski are not George Patton or Norman Schwartzkopf.

Personally, I wish Robert Kaplan, author of "Imperial Grunts" and "Balkan Ghosts", had teemed up with General Karpinski and made this book. The book would have had twice the pages, an index, lots of maps, and a glossary.

Now, as this review is being written there should be a coda section added to the book. Lieutenant General Sanchez was passed over for further promotion. He will be getting out of the Army in 2006.
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