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No one reporting on the war in Iraq had the unique battlefield clearance afforded the authors of this dramatic eyewitness account. Unlike embedded journalists confined to a single unit, West and Smith acquired a captured yellow SUV and joined with whatever unit was leading the assault every day of the fight. The result is a report of what really happened from the heart of the action unlike anything you'll read anywhere else.
"While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression."—Major General J.N. Mattis, 1st Marine Division, Commanding
Here is the story that can be told only by those who actually witnessed the action of the famed 1st Marine Division's march on Baghdad, from the shaky beginning of U.S. operations in southern Iraq to the capture of U.S. prisoners, the misreported "fierce Iraqi resistance," and the aggressive assaults that led to a quick and decisive victory.
With over a half century of military and combat experience between them, bestselling author F. J. "Bing" West and Major General Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.), combine expert military analysis with dramatic battlefield reporting. They bring the reader on a march that ended in victory—but was shadowed by second-guessing, unexpected reversals, and the threat of catastrophe.
With access to three-star generals in the command centers and to privates in the field, the authors reveal how the strategic plan played out in battle, showing what went well and what failed, and detailing power struggles for military and political control never reported. The result is destined to become the definitive account of ground warfare in Iraq.
From the Hardcover edition.
Just read it. Bing West gets you there. And Ray, both Vietnam era marines... They had mud. These guys had dust..Published 14 months ago by Dan J Clabots
I enjoy military books. My son is in the military as was my father. This one is full of a lot of inside discussion of the valorous work our Marines did and do for us. Read morePublished 19 months ago by NGNEER
Bless those Marines. I want to be on their side if trouble comes. The book gives a better view that what we get through the national press.
This book was a decent read. Congrats to Bing West, he gets to cash in on his reporting on the way to Baghdad. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Dizzle