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Waging Peace: A Special Operations Team's Battle to Rebuild Iraq Hardcover – June 23, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (June 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592401279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592401277
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veteran war correspondent Schultheis (Night Letters: Inside Wartime Afghanistan) spent six months in Iraq with an Army Civil Affairs Team, a highly trained, elite unit whose primary objective is rebuilding war-torn regions. Despite the overwhelming need for such soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, the army has only a single active-duty Civil Affairs Battalion, and the overwhelming majority of the 5,000 Civil Affairs soldiers are in the army reserves. The dedicated professionals of Civil Affairs Team A-13 featured here are a disparate group of civilian soldiers. Led by a former Special Forces major, the team includes an ex–Peace Corps volunteer, a California surfer girl, a former Marine sniper with a heart of gold and "Fat Larry," an accountant from middle America. Civil Affairs soldiers never initiate combat, but it finds them often enough. As they go about rebuilding schools, repairing sewers and setting up mobile walk-in medical clinics, they also must dodge roadside bombs, snipers and mortars. Schultheis quickly bonds with Team A-13 and celebrates their small victories against difficult odds in a surreal environment, delivering warm character studies and tense highway encounters. And he ends up making a terrific case for a full update of the Marshall Plan. (June)
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About the Author

Rob Schultheis is the author of four previous books, including the acclaimed Night Letters: Inside Wartime Afghanistan. His screenplay credits include Seven Years in Tibet, and his articles have appeared in Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian. He is also a dedicated aid worker and human-rights investigator.

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Only through their success will we be able to bring our troops home.
John Harman
This book is a great read and I recommend it highly to anyone interested in another view of the ongoing operations in Iraq.
W. Sumner
Rob Schultheis does a great job of telling the story of one small team.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Harman on August 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This story is a must read for all Americans, especially those vocal, confused protestors who believe that we can just "pull out." We are doing important and often frustrating work to rebuild a nation in the face of an armed insurgency. All of us: American, the Iraqis, and the rest of the world are frustrated at the pace of progress. This story takes you to the frontlines of this operation and exposes the reader to a slice of what is good and bad about our efforts to rebuild Iraq, and why progress is so frustratingly slow.

The President and our troops need all of our support to acomplish this mission. As Rob points out in his summary, we need more "boots on the ground," not less. We need to provide real security for ourselves, the Iraqi population, and the contractors who are rebuilding Iraq's infrstructure. We need more men and women working directly with Iraq's civil government to improve living conditions and the economy. Once security is achieved, many humanitarian organizations will come into Iraq and help. Until then, it all falls upon the shoulders of the Civil Affairs teams.

Every American should ask, "How can I help these brave men and women better achieve their mission?" Only through their success will we be able to bring our troops home.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Paul on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Okay, so i am in the book, but I can still remain objective. Most military books I have read deal with specific combat operations or tactics as that seems to be what people expect when they think of the military. Like going to go and blow up a bridge or something.

There are a lot of people in the military and most of those that serve have jobs other than combat operations. It is interesting to read about a military job that specifically does not use combat operations in a hostile military environment to acheive military goals. Like going to go and repair a bridge or something.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By XO on August 31, 2005
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This is a great book. It tells the story from a Civil Affairs Team perspective, which many civilians don't even know exist and how they interact amongst themselves and the manuever Battalions they support. Unfortunately Rob was only able to concentrate on one of the Battalion's teams. There were, at times, over 10+ teams spread throughout Iraq doing similar missions which he did not have a chance to visit (one person can only do so much). I have to admit I am biased since I was part of the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion in Iraq and got to see "Writer Rob" quite a bit in theater. He is an incredibly interesting person and I was fortunate to get to know him. Look for more Civil Affairs stories from him because I think he is headed back over to Iraq or Afghanistan in the near future.

UPDATE: SSG PAUL WAS KIA IN KABUL ON 8 SEP 06. HE WAS PART OF OF THE 425TH CA IN IRAQ AND VOLUNTEERED FOR A SECOND TOUR WITH ANOTHER UNIT IN AFGHANISTAN. GOD BLESS SSG PAUL.

The Department of Defense announced the death of two soldiers, who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 8, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army Reserve's 405th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C. Killed were: Sgt. 1st Class Merideth L. Howard, 52, of Alameda, California and Staff Sgt. Robert J. Paul, 43, of The Dalles, Oregon.

As Oregonians, we take the death of each of our soldiers quite personally. As we bid farewell to another, it is important to remember the man he was and the family he left behind.

Staff Sgt Robert J Paul, an Army Reservist, was assigned to the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, HHC, based in Portland, Oregon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Turk on July 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Waging Peace is a MUST READ. It's all too easy for Americans, sitting back in our comfortable homes, to read the news accounts of Iraq and at the same time, forget that human beings are involved - American and Iraqi. Schultheis brings us that humanity, from the men and women of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Corps, to the men, women and children in the crowded marketplaces of Baghdad. Whether you're for or against the war - it's essential to see the situation today as a human tragedy of epic proportions. Waging Peace will make you laugh and cry - it will take you there - so jump in your unarmored Humvee, pull on your Kevlar vest, and prepare yourself for a wild ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marion Husler on January 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book came out before people generally understood the nation building aspect of the U.S. mission in Iraq so I think it's gotten missed. I think people should see this in the newstands and book stores again like it was a new release because where people weren't ready for this information in 2005, I think they are now in 2007 as the Bush admin talks more now about nation building and moves away from talk about conquest.

Excellent book, excellent illustration of the issues we are FINALLY seeing in the main stream news about Iraq.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JDJ on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As the mother of a CA soldier of whom I am exceptionally proud I can only say bravo Mr. Schultheis for your wonderful view of our soldiers!

It's about someone appreciates all that CA does for people in other countries and the Army in general. This book shows the true view of the Civil Affairs Battalions and their work in Iraq over the last 2 or more years. A must read for all CA families and anyone wondering if we are really helping the people of Iraq!

Thank you Mr. Schultheis for keeping it real!
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