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We Got Him! A Memoir of the Hunt & Capture of Saddam Hussein Paperback – April 15, 2011

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"An extraordinary personal glimpse of the war. A monumental credit to himself, his troops, and the United States of America." --the late Robin Moore, author of The Green Berets and The French Connection.

"A moving, gripping account of one of the most remarkable achievements of soldiering in a generation." --General Tommy Franks, author of American Soldier

"Steve delivers the most accurate account I have read to date."
--General Raymond T. Odierno, 4th Infantry Division (2002-2004), III Corps and Multi-National Corps - Iraq (2006-2008), Multi-National Force - Iraq (2008-2010)

"When I was embedded with Russell's battalion...I watched them tighten the noose on Saddam, but I never knew how they did it - until I read this book." --Brian Bennett, LA Times DC Corresp. and former Baghdad bureau chief of TIME magazine

"A ground eye view... and a model for the way [regular and Special Operations Forces] have worked together since. --Kim Dozier, AP, former CBS News Corresp. and author of Breathing the Fire

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Deeds Publishing (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983410577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983410577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,883,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book was written by a Christian man and gives us the information on how he kept our armed forces in touch with our Creator. It was very well written and I enjoyed the book very much. I am only sorry that so many lives were lost on both sides.
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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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Steve Russell had to be keeping a daily journal..This book goes in to more detail to what our military is faced with each day. It gave me an even more appreciation for our Men and Women fighting for this country. Steve Russell was a strong leader, and will be a strong leader in Washington..
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LTC Russell's book tells the true story of the hunt for Saddam in a way that gives credit to the many who toiled to find him without self promotion or compromising sources and methods or the brave men of our Tier I forces. My compliments as one retired Army Colonel to another on an exceptional book, skillfully written. Having commanded Infantrymen in combat, I could relate to this book and found myself teary eyed on more than one occasion.
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Steve Russell was the commander of the infantry battalion responsible for the capture of Saddam Hussein in the early days of the Iraq War. We Got Him! though, is more than just the story of the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein as seen through the eyes of it's commander. Russell takes the reader through the battalion's entire year long deployment in one of Iraq's most dangerous areas. He writes with clarity and great detail, and what comes through is the great love and respect Russell has for the young men and women under his command, as well as the almost overwhelming sensea of responsibility he had for their welfare. As a veteran and the father of a young Afghanistan veteran I feel a great deal of gratitude that there are men like Steve Russell leading our troops.
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