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New Dawn: The Battles for Fallujah Hardcover – May 19, 2010
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About the Author
Richard S. Lowry is an internationally recognized military historian, public speaker, and author. He is a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Submarine Service, husband, father of three sons, and longtime resident of Orlando, Florida. He has published The Gulf War Chronicles (iUniverse, 2003 and iUniverse Star, 2008), Marines in the Garden of Eden (Berkley Caliber, 2006 and 2007), and US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 (Osprey, 2006). Additionally, he contributed to Small Unit Actions (United States Marine Corps History Division, 2008) and was commissioned by the History Division to write a battle study of Task Force Tarawa’s involvement in the 2003 invasion. He has been published in The Weekly Standard, Armchair General, Military Magazine, and The Marine Corps Gazette. In 2008, Richard was the military consultant for David C. Taylor’s award-winning documentary film, “Perfect Valor.” The majority of the stories in “Perfect Valor” are pulled from the pages of New Dawn. In 2006, Marines in the Garden of Eden won the Silver Medal for history from the Military Writers Society of America. The Gulf War Chronicles also received recognition from MWSA in 2006 and has achieved Editor’s Choice, Reader’s Choice, and STAR distinction from iUniverse. “Perfect Valor” earned the Best Feature Documentary Award at the 2009 GI Film Festival. A compelling writer and captivating public speaker, Richard has established himself as a contemporary expert on the war in Iraq with a substantial radio, television, and internet following.
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That being said, this book was by no means a clinical, anti-septic analysis of the two battles of Fallujah. The book was very Pro American and Coalition based, which one would expect. More than once we were reminded in the book that the bad guys who were being dusted were criminals, thugs, malcontents, terrorists, ne'er do wells, high school misfits, etc. As always when dehumanizing the enemy to make it easier to "neutralize" them we have to believe they possess no redeemable qualities. Of course, what is not written is they think the exact same stuff of us, we just write the books.
Even their success are written off as either blind luck or some idiot savant, "uncanny ability" to understand and perform Information Operations, for example, which is basically telling bigger lies than the enemy and turining the media conversation your way.
Overall though, it is a pretty interesting read. Again, the true heroes are the individual men and women who have the boots on the ground, not the bigger Military-Indistrial complex that exists and is bigger than us all.
Other than that, I enjoyed this book -- especially since the leaders discussed were men I've served with. Definitely the toughest urban battle the Marines have fought since Hue.