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Hammer from Above: Marine Air Combat Over Iraq Paperback – Illustrated, December 26, 2006
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“Powerful–a gritty insider’s tale as only a fighter pilot could tell it.”
“This is the real thing, a solid and readable account of the role Marine air support played in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Jay Stout is a veteran Marine pilot who knows how to write, especially about Marine aviation. He understands–as only someone who has been there can–the hundreds of decisions a flier makes on a difficult mission, and he describes them memorably. If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to fly in combat, read this book.”
–Thomas E. Ricks, author of Making the Corps and A Soldier’s Duty
“The 2003 ground war in Iraq has been thoroughly reported by embedded correspondents and those who fought it. Hammer from Above now brings an entirely new perspective to the conflict. Jay Stout unflinchingly portrays the battle through the lens of the Marines who fought in the skies above Iraq. He has skillfully woven the first-person stories of these men and women into a compelling tale of bravery and chance in the crucible of combat that will become an enduring part of the history of the Iraq War.”
–Jon Hoffman, author of Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC
“A brilliant and exciting battle account of the ‘Flying Leathernecks’ who bravely supported their brother grunts in Iraq. It truly captures the emotions, actions, and feel of that battlefield unlike any other writing.”
–Gen. Tony Zinni, USMC (Retired)
“A veteran aviator’s superb account of a short, sharp war. A revealing portrait of airpower at its finest–supporting the riflemen on the ground–Jay Stout’s book does a great service not only for the Marine Corps and our country, but for readers everywhere.”
–Ralph Peters, author of Beyond Baghdad: Postmodern War and Peace
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0891418717
- ISBN-13 : 978-0891418719
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.87 x 8.3 inches
- Publisher : Presidio Press; Illustrated edition (December 26, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #651,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading Jim Mattis’s "Call Sign CHAOS" in conjunction with this one also enhances both books. The leadership principles expounded by General Mattis are demonstrated by Stout’s aircrews. The cohesiveness and the resultant combat effectiveness of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force is well displayed by the books differing perspectives.
The writing style is easy to follow, if at times a little detached from the action and feelings of the Marines involved, but overall this is an engaging reading experience, particularly considering the many actual engagements described. A little surprising (at least for me), there is also a lot of humanity that shines through the stories and the soldiers, never forgetting that they are shooting and killing someone's father/son/daughter. As the author clearly states in the last one-page chapter, war is ugly and a very sad affair, leaving always a trail of grieving, suffering and destruction.
The accompanying photos are a good and interesting selection, I would just love to see them printed in a bigger format, and naturally in color, but I guess you get what you pay for! Unfortunately, each of the stories at times are a little short and some could use a bit more details to better put them in context, but I guess that the format chosen (of a collection of stories) probably precludes a deeper knowledge of the people and the characters. Also some more information about the more general context of the war, the Marine tactics and the different weapon systems would have clearly benefited the book - still a recommended read.