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A fabulous summer read,
This review is from: Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad (Hardcover)
From a history standpoint, the US military's overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime in a few short weeks in 2003 was a brilliant, unprecedentedly effective military accomplishment which will be studied by soldiers thousands of years from now, just as today we study Sun Tzu and the Anabasis.
Zucchino's report, gleaned while being embedded at the tip of the spear, details a grunt's eye view of the campaign's "tipping point."
The book is non-stop, action-packed, dramatic, and exceptionally well-written and edited. He is a great reporter in the traditional sense; he details what actually happened when and where, and doesn't preach from some pre-conceived political viewpoint. This book is an objective report, not subjective; despite reading the entire book, I still can't figure out if Zucchino considers this war noble or folly.
A must read if you ever wore a tactical field uniform, and even more important to be read if you didn't: it might help you understand why some choose to serve.
A quote from page 324 in this book: "Many different methods by many different countries have been tried to force the Saddam regime to collapse, and only one worked. The one that worked was putting the boots of American soldiers on the streets of Baghdad." Like it or not, it worked...
Cervantes once famously stated that what really counts in life are "Deeds, not words." This book is a superb account about deeds.