Baghdad at Sunrise

A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300142633

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 423

View: 7289

An on-the-ground commander describes his brigade's first year in Iraq after the U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003, and explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency, in a firsthand analysis of success and failure in Iraq.

Baghdad at Sunrise

A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300158472

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

View: 701

An on-the-ground commander describes his brigade's first year in Iraq after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003, and explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency.

Baghdad at Sunrise

A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300140699

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 8101

An on-the-ground commander describes his brigade's first year in Iraq after the U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003, and explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency, in a firsthand analysis of success and failure in Iraq.


My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300199163

Category: History

Page: 398

View: 8890

"Surge" is an insider's view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War. After exploring the dynamics of the war during its first three years, the book takes the reader on a journey to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the controversial new U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, D.C., and the halls of the Pentagon, where the Joint Chiefs of Staff struggled to understand the conflict; to the streets of Baghdad, where soldiers worked to implement the surge and reenergize the flagging war effort before the Iraqi state splintered; and to the halls of Congress, where Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus testified in some of the most contentious hearings in recent memory. Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, "Surge" explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, General Petraeus, and other U.S. and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington.

Sunrise Over Fallujah

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545232023

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3997

From Walter Dean Myers comes a powerful and timely novel about the heroics and horror of war---a gripping companion to FALLEN ANGELS. Robin "Birdy" Perry, a new army recruit from Harlem, isn't quite sure why he joined the army, but he's sure where he's headed: Iraq. Birdy and the others in the Civilian Affairs Battalion are supposed to help secure and stabilize the country and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. Officially, the code name for their maneuvers is Operation Iraqi Freedom. But the young men and women in the CA unit have a simpler name for it: WAR

A Revolution in Military Adaptation

The US Army in the Iraq War

Author: Chad C. Serena

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 1589018001

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 3633

During the early years of the Iraq War, the US Army was unable to translate initial combat success into strategic and political victory. Iraq plunged into a complex insurgency, and defeating this insurgency required beating highly adaptive foes. A competition between the hierarchical and vertically integrated army and networked and horizontally integrated insurgents ensued. The latter could quickly adapt and conduct networked operations in a decentralized fashion; the former was predisposed to fighting via prescriptive plans under a centralized command and control. To achieve success, the US Army went through a monumental process of organizational adaptation—a process driven by soldiers and leaders that spread throughout the institution and led to revolutionary changes in how the army supported and conducted its operations in Iraq. How the army adapted and the implications of this adaptation are the subject of this indispensable study. Intended for policymakers, defense and military professionals, military historians, and academics, this book offers a solid critique of the army’s current capacity to adapt to likely future adversary strategies and provides policy recommendations for retaining lessons learned in Iraq.

Armed Forces and Insurgents in Modern Asia

Author: Kaushik Roy,Sourish Saha

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317231937

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 8471

This volume traces the historical roots and evolution of insurgencies and counter-insurgencies in modern Asia. Focusing on armed rebellions and use of armed forces by both Western powers and indigenous states from the nineteenth century till present day, the volume unravels the problematic of change–continuity and addresses key questions on the nature of warfare. The book looks at eight different regions of Asia: US counter-insurgencies in Philippines; the British initiative in Indonesia and independent Indonesia’s counter-insurgency against its domestic populace; post-World War II Malaya; French and US war in Vietnam; British and Indian counter-insurgencies in North-East India between the nineteenth and early twenty-first century; Indian and Sri Lankan operations in Sri Lanka during late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries; British and US-NATO war in Afghanistan from the nineteenth century till 2014; and British and US counter-insurgency in Iraq during the twentieth and first two decades of the twenty-first centuries. The volume will greatly interest scholars and researchers of modern Asian history, military and strategic studies, politics and international relations as well as government institutions and think-tanks.

Reconstructing Iraq

Regime Change, Jay Garner, and the ORHA Story

Author: Gordon W. Rudd

Publisher: Modern War Studies (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9780700617791

Category: History

Page: 457

View: 6766

Drawing on nearly 300 interviews with key players, the author reveals why the United States was ill-prepared to replace the fallen regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Western Sunrise

Author: Walter D. Rodgers

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1553956680

Category: Fiction

Page: 171

View: 8608

A short history of the next Gulf War. A novel set in the alternative history of America's near future.

Thunder Run

The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad

Author: David Zucchino

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 1555847641

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 3444

Based on reporting that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Thunder Run chronicles one of the boldest gambles in modern military history. Three battalions and fewer than a thousand men launched a violent thrust of tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into the heart of a city of 5 million people and in three days of bloody combat ended the Iraqi war. Thunder Run is the story of the surprise assault on Baghdad—one of the most decisive battles in American combat history—by the Spartan Brigade, the Second Brigade of the Third Infantry Division (Mechanized). More than just a rendering of a single battle, Thunder Run candidly recounts how soldiers respond under fire and stress and how human frailties are magnified in a war zone. The product of over a hundred interviews with commanders and men from the Second Brigade, Thunder Run is a riveting firsthand account of how a single armored brigade was able to capture an Arab capital defended by one of the world's largest armies.


My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300172354

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 341

View: 2419

A member of General David Petraeus' personal staff provides the first full insider account of the troop surge in Iraq.

Holy Bones, Holy Dust

How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe

Author: Charles Freeman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300166591

Category: History

Page: 306

View: 8745

The Strongest Tribe

War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq

Author: Bing West

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588367592

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 5651

From a universally respected combat journalist, a gripping history based on five years of front-line reporting about how the war was turned around-–and the choice now facing America. In the course of 14 extended trips over five years, West embedded with more than 60front-line units, discussing strategy with generals and tactics with corporals. He provides an expert’s account of counterinsurgency, disposing of myths. By describing the characters and combat in city after city, West gives the reader an in-depth understanding that will inform the debate about the war. This is the definitive study of how American soldiers actually fought--a gripping and visceral book that changes the way we think about the war, and essential reading for understanding the next critical steps to be taken.

The King's Reformation

Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church

Author: G. W. Bernard

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300122718

Category: History

Page: 736

View: 7976

A major reassessment of England's break with Rome

The Sirens of Baghdad

Author: Yasmina Khadra

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307455604

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 7744

The third novel in Yasmina Khadra's bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism has the most compelling backdrop of any of his novels: Iraq in the wake of the American invasion. A young Iraqi student, unable to attend college because of the war, sees American soldiers leave a trail of humiliation and grief in his small village. Bent on revenge, he flees to the chaotic streets of Baghdad where insurgents soon realize they can make use of his anger. Eventually he is groomed for a secret terrorist mission meant to dwarf the attacks of September 11th, only to find himself struggling with moral qualms. The Sirens of Baghdad is a powerful look at the effects of violence on ordinary people, showing what can turn a decent human being into a weapon, and how the good in human nature can resist. “Compelling. . . . Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish.” —Los Angeles Times

Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy

A War Termination Strategy

Author: Dominic J. Caraccilo

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313391505

Category: History

Page: 219

View: 9251

This work is a doctrinal examination of war termination strategy and conflict resolution as a dependent pair, requiring a plan to achieve both in unison in advance of a fight. • Examples taken from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with models of war termination successes and failures to enhance the understanding of scenarios for possible resolution • A full array of definitions offering clarity for the reader seeking to grasp the book's methodology for war termination • Primary source documentation related to the author's seven combat deployments to the Middle East and over five years of personal involvement in combat and its aftermath. • Vignettes from history dating from the Revolutionary War to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq • Sidebars offering relevant charts, graphs, and newspaper articles • Examples of conflict resolution to enhance an understanding of war termination outcomes • Firsthand accounts from various military officers in the form of Staff College manuscripts • A robust listing of books, interviews, documents, and articles on war termination and conflict resolution theories

Hybrid Warfare

Fighting Complex Opponents from the Ancient World to the Present

Author: Williamson Murray,Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107026083

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 6835

Hybrid warfare has been an integral part of the historical landscape since the ancient world, but only recently have analysts - incorrectly - categorised these conflicts as unique. Great powers throughout history have confronted opponents who used a combination of regular and irregular forces to negate the advantage of the great powers' superior conventional military strength. As this study shows, hybrid wars are labour-intensive and long-term affairs; they are difficult struggles that defy the domestic logic of opinion polls and election cycles. Hybrid wars are also the most likely conflicts of the twenty-first century, as competitors use hybrid forces to wear down America's military capabilities in extended campaigns of exhaustion. Nine historical examples of hybrid warfare, from ancient Rome to the modern world, provide readers with context by clarifying the various aspects of conflicts and examining how great powers have dealt with them in the past.

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

Author: Linda J. Bilmes,Joseph E. Stiglitz

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393068080

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 7574

The true cost of the Iraq War is $3 trillion—and counting—rather than the $50 billion projected by the White House. Apart from its tragic human toll, the Iraq War will be staggeringly expensive in financial terms. This sobering study by Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda J. Bilmes casts a spotlight on expense items that have been hidden from the U.S. taxpayer, including not only big-ticket items like replacing military equipment (being used up at six times the peacetime rate) but also the cost of caring for thousands of wounded veterans—for the rest of their lives. Shifting to a global focus, the authors investigate the cost in lives and economic damage within Iraq and the region. Finally, with the chilling precision of an actuary, the authors measure what the U.S. taxpayer's money would have produced if instead it had been invested in the further growth of the U.S. economy. Written in language as simple as the details are disturbing, this book will forever change the way we think about the war.

The GI Offensive in Europe

The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 346

View: 913

This book provides a comprehensive study of America's infantry combat performance in Europe during World War II, showing that the Army succeeded by developing combat effective divisions that could not only fight and win battles but also sustain that effort over years of combat. While American industry admittedly enabled the United States to sustain its overseas armies, the effectiveness of those forces ultimately rested on their organizational capabilities and ability to adapt to combat in a variety of lethal environments and to learn from their mistakes. Mansoor also takes a close look at the personalities and capabilities of division commanders, infantry tactics and operations, logistics, and the benefits and weaknesses of stateside training.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

The Inside Story

Author: NBC Enterprises

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449450105

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

View: 7346

Operation Iraqi Freedom marked a new era in television war coverage. On-the-spot reporting by journalists, photographers, and cameramen captured combat in ways that are nothing less than historic. Sharing the triumphs, tragedies, and daily routines of the soldiers, viewers crouched in the trenches, felt the vibrations of bomb explosions, tasted sands borne on fierce desert winds. We were there—embedded among the troops, eyewitnesses to the horror of battle. Historic television. Historic journalism. NBC news captured it all and was the acknowledged leader among all the network and cable news organizations covering the Iraqi war. This book, written and produced by NBC News, presents a chronological narrative of reporting from the field supplemented by interviews and anchored broadcasts from Qatar, Kuwait, and the United States. The book includes a Foreword by Tom Brokaw, an Introduction by an NBC military expert, and a special dedication to fallen colleague David Bloom. Thousands of hours of images and words have been molded into a concise, eloquent summary of the historic events of the conflict.