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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; First Edition edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451662483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451662481
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An insider's story of the surprise tips, Napoleonic tactics and dramatic end of the manhunt in Iraq -- Wall Street Journal

Russell's account of his battalion's exploits is superbly written in plain English with asides that ring true. In short, Russell tells a good yarn about good people, both Americans and Iraqis, in Saddam's stronghold, Tikrit. This good book is well worth buying...--ARMY Magazine

From the Inside Flap

When U.S. forces exterminated Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1, 2011, the world cheered not only the death of the 9/11 terrorist mastermind but the unmatched might, skill, and perseverance of America's military elite. It was a brilliant example of history repeating itself in the most positive way; less than a decade earlier, the capture of Saddam Hussein, a triumph of military strategy in and of itself, opened the door for the most recent and essential victory in the War on Terror. Here is the riveting account of a grand human saga that tested every element of character and fortitude: the six-month manhunt that ended at a hole on the bank of the Tigris River, and the blow-by-blow plays of the actual raids that netted Saddam, culminating in the electrifying quote heard around the globe, "We Got Him!"No other event in Operation Iraqi Freedom caught the attention of the world like the hunt for and capture of Saddam Hussein. Square in the middle of the search, living in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, were Lt. Col. Steve Russell and his men of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Packed with rare photos and insider information, We Got Him! chronicles the day-by-day search and the successes and dead ends as regular and special-operations soldiers tore into Saddam's social networks. This is the definitive account of this major historical event and of the sacrifice that made it happen. It also provides a rare look at the enemy side of the action. With his extensive journal notes, combat reports, and painstaking research, Steve Russell has preserved the story as only someone who lived the experience can do.

More About the Author

Steve Russell served 21 years in the United States Army as an infantry officer, deploying operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his command of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, he was widely covered during the first year of the Iraq war by TIME, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, AP and Reuters. He and his unit were featured in BBC Panorama's Saddam on the Run documentary as well as Discovery's Ace in the Hole. He has also been the subject of numerous books and publications. Russell retired from the Army in 2006 to return to his native state of Oklahoma, where he has advocated nationally for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Russell is the author of We Got Him! A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein.

The late Robin Moore, author of The Green Berets and The French Connection praised Russell's book as "an extraordinary personal glimpse of the war. A monumental credit to himself, his troops, and the United States of America,"

General Tommy Franks calls it "a moving, gripping account of one of the most remarkable achievements of soldiering in a generation."

Russell is a featured speaker with Premiere Speaker's Bureau at events across the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and five children.

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Very good and well written book.
BarbaraH
This book is a detailed account about the U.S. Army's hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein and the war in Iraq.
Ryan McAulay
Thank you Steve Russell for sharing this story with us.
Andre LaPlume

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By 37NBTFZ on April 20, 2011
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What an amazing documentation of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Division of the U.S. Army and the lives and struggles of those in uniform during their time in Tikrit, Iraq. Their sacrifice to our nation during the war in Iraq and the historic hunt for Saddam is spelled out in a gripping and touching way. General Raymond T. Odierno (Division Commander at the time) states in his foreword of the book: "...It is an honor for me to introduce this personal memoir by one of the finest battalion commanders with whom I have served. His story captures the human dimension of this awful thing we call war..." This book is a fast read and hard to put down. The author tastefully tells his story without foul language and overly gruesome details - much appreciated! It gives you a true idea of what our soldiers and their families sacrifice while we are going about our business back home oblivious to their hour by hour battles. Steve Russell places you right in the action from the beginning to the very end as they break through the web of families protecting Saddam. Through his words you feel like you are there; walking the streets, hearing the gun fire and bombs and dodging the bullets. You get to know them - you laugh with them, cry with them, cheer with them. The courage and fortitude these soldiers demonstrate is truly inspiring. Even if you know nothing about our military, you will enjoy this book. Steve Russell is a true leader, as a soldier and as a man. A huge thanks to you, Colonel Russell, and your soldiers for your service and sacrifice to our nation!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. D. walker on May 9, 2011
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As a former member of Alpha Co., 1-22 INF, 4th ID it was an honor to serve under LTCOL Russell. 4th ID crossed into Iraq from Kuwait a month to the day after the war begun. My company, commanded by CPT Mark Stouffer, was located just south of Tikrit in a town called Owja or Al Owja (Saddam Hussein's actual birthplace). On Halloween night 2003 we surrounded the town with concertina wire leaving only one exit and entrance (through us), set up a checkpoint, occupied several observation posts along the town, and for the next two months conducted several operations within it in order to crush the insurgency in and around Tikrit. We became well known on CNN for that very action alone and were highly criticized for it...but it worked. I also took part in guarding the bodies of Saddam's sons after they were killed and transfered back to Tikrit for burial. That is a whole other story unto itself. And let us not forget December 13, 2003...I actually burned my hand before the raid that morning. That too is another story. I must say that those days were grueling for we worked day in and day out without a break for an entire year but it was all worthwile for our hard work and determination paid off in a big way. Going on those raids and constant patrols is an experience I will NEVER forget...nor will I forget working along side TF 20 and 121. What a wonderful and highly professional group of men. I am thankful LTC Russell took the time and effort to tell our story. I am so proud of our accomplishment and am honored to have taken part in history. I am also thankful to have had a great leader such as he to keep us motivated during those trying times. Do yourself a favor and take the time to learn and savor what it was like to literally hunt down Saddam Hussein and his followers.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andre LaPlume on May 6, 2011
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I just finished reading this book and enjoyed every second of it. It is very hard to put down. Colonel Russell is a wonderful writer and tells the story with facts and details that make you feel you are right next to him throughout. I have read other books on the capture of Saddam Hussein and this surpasses them all. The men and women of our military are incredible! Their expertise, teamwork and perseverence are extraordinary. Thank you Steve Russell for sharing this story with us. It will stay with me forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andres su on March 2, 2013
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Lots of detail from a commanders view. I'm half way through the book and can't wait to finish it. It was an honor to serve under his command and an honor to have been on missions with him. Definitely an idol and great leader to us all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BarbaraH on November 25, 2012
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Very good and well written book. I highly suggest this book which explains a lot never heard in the news.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PiercingArrowz on December 6, 2011
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This historical account is a extraordinary view into what followed the first offensive on the war in Iraq! I recommend this to anyone who wishes to learn more about this important part of American history from a "boots on the ground" perspective. Thank you LTC Russell!
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By Phil Brucks on May 31, 2014
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great read good stuff and I am grateful to all the military those serving now and those veterans living and dead
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By RP on May 18, 2014
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As a part of 1-22 A Co. "Gators", and having a professional relationship with Steve, I can say this book touched me in a way I did not think was possible and only those that I shared the battlefield with will understand. A little over a decade has passed since I, and many of my brothers, walked the streets of Awja. This book brought back so many memories, both good and bad. Thank you, Steve, for this.

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