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Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (Yale Library of Military History)

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This compelling book presents an unparalleled record of what happened after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Army Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Divisionand#151;the and#147;Ready First Combat Teamand#8221;and#151;describes his brigadeand#8217;s first year in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer after the Baand#8217;athistsand#8217; defeat to the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government a year later. Uniquely positioned to observe, record, and assess the events of that fateful year, Mansoor now explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency of unexpected strength and tenacity.

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Drawing not only on his own daily combat journal but also on observations by embedded reporters, news reports, combat logs, archived e-mails, and many other sources, Mansoor offers a contemporary record of the valor, motivations, and resolve of the 1st Brigade and its attachments during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yet this book has a deeper significance than a personal memoir or unit history. Baghdad at Sunrise provides a detailed, nuanced analysis of U.S. counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, and along with it critically important lessons for Americaand#8217;s military and political leaders of the twenty-first century.

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Review:

"This is a unique contribution to the burgeoning literature on the Iraq war, analyzing the day-to-day performance of a U.S. brigade in Baghdad during 2004-2005. Mansoor uses a broad spectrum of sources to address the military, political and cultural aspects of an operation undertaken with almost no relevant preparation, which tested officers and men to their limits and generated mistakes and misjudgments on a daily basis. The critique is balanced, perceptive and merciless — and Mansoor was the brigade commander. Military history is replete with 'command memoirs.' Most are more or less self-exculpatory. Even the honest ones rarely achieve this level of analysis. The effect is like watching a surgeon perform an operation on himself. Mansoor has been simultaneously a soldier and a scholar, able to synergize directly his military and academic experiences. He presents an eloquent critique of the armed forces' post-Vietnam neglect of counterinsurgency and makes a strong case for integrating military forces with civilian experts who can aid reconstruction in counterinsurgency operations. Above all, Mansoor reasserts the enduring impact of 'fog and friction' on war. There is never an easy solution, he says — or an easy exit. Maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

In early summer 2003, more than two decades into his Army career, the top-ranked officer from West Point's Class of 1982 went to war for the first time. In Iraq, Col. Peter R. Mansoor assumed command of a 3,500-member brigade fighting a burgeoning insurgency. But it was soon clear that he and his troops were part of an army, and for that matter a nation, that hadn't truly acknowledged it was at war.

... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Peter R. Mansoor is the General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, Ohio State University. A recently retired U.S. Army colonel, he served as executive officer to Commanding General David H. Petraeus, Multi-National Forceand#150;Iraq (2007and#150;8); as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Group that proposed the surge strategy in Iraq (2006); as founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center (2006); and as Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in Baghdad (2003and#150;4). He lives in Columbus, OH.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300140699
Subtitle:
A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq
Author:
Mansoor, Peter R
Foreword by:
Kagan, Frederick
Foreword by:
Kagan, Donald
Foreword:
Kagan, Donald
Foreword:
Kagan, Frederick
Author:
Mansoor, Peter R.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Military
Subject:
HIS027170
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Biography-Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Yale Library of Military History
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w photos in insert; 4 maps in text
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.94 x 5.69 in 1.3 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This is a unique contribution to the burgeoning literature on the Iraq war, analyzing the day-to-day performance of a U.S. brigade in Baghdad during 2004-2005. Mansoor uses a broad spectrum of sources to address the military, political and cultural aspects of an operation undertaken with almost no relevant preparation, which tested officers and men to their limits and generated mistakes and misjudgments on a daily basis. The critique is balanced, perceptive and merciless — and Mansoor was the brigade commander. Military history is replete with 'command memoirs.' Most are more or less self-exculpatory. Even the honest ones rarely achieve this level of analysis. The effect is like watching a surgeon perform an operation on himself. Mansoor has been simultaneously a soldier and a scholar, able to synergize directly his military and academic experiences. He presents an eloquent critique of the armed forces' post-Vietnam neglect of counterinsurgency and makes a strong case for integrating military forces with civilian experts who can aid reconstruction in counterinsurgency operations. Above all, Mansoor reasserts the enduring impact of 'fog and friction' on war. There is never an easy solution, he says — or an easy exit. Maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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