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This authoritative and gripping narrative plunges the American public into the real and personal story of the United States forces in Iraq, and their successful maneuvers in capturing one of the most vicious dictators of our time.

Hunting Down Saddam contains up-to-the-minute material and provides never-before-heard accounts of the triumphs and frustrations, strategies and attacks, of those who put their lives at risk to track down Saddam Hussein.
  • The first book to tell the whole story of the pursuit of Saddam, from pre-war to his capture.
  • Candid accounts straight from the soldiers on the frontline, which have not been sanitized or filtered through the media, the military, or the Pentagon.
  • Exclusive interviews with key military leaders, including Colonel "Smokin' Joe" Anderson, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne (Screaming Eagles), who led the attack on Saddam's sons.
The capture of Saddam Hussein is the defining event for this generation's military. Action-packed and controversial, Hunting Down Saddam teems with inside information. Robin Moore gets the real story from these fighting men as only he can.

Review:

"The doughty author of The Green Berets and the instant-seeming The Hunt for Bin Laden gives us this jumbled but valuable set of accounts of crucial operations in the Iraq war. The focus is on Special Forces, to which the author remains loyal, given his background with them going back to the Vietnam War. Moore, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, went to Iraq last year, at the age of 78, and followed Task Force VIKING's (the military uses all caps when referring to such objective-oriented groups) work with the highly factionalized Kurdish armed forces, as well as Task Force DAGGER's infiltration of southern Iraq, neither much covered in the general media. Also unique to this book is the narrative of a 4th Infantry battalion's operations in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown and a center of continued Iraqi resistance, where American troops and their Iraqi allies accomplished a good deal of nation building, or at least peacekeeping, while taking casualties. The grand finale is, of course, Saddam's capture in a 'spiderhole' outside Tikrit, where the story had to end in order to meet the publication deadline. This may have led to the slightly rushed feel of the prose, but the pro-military tone is expected from the author and his assistants and informants, most retired or serving military. Also rushed, but vivid, are portraits of those Americans who are still at the 'sharp end' in Iraq, who deserve knowledgeable portrayals of and full credit for their dangerous work, which they receive here. This book adds to our knowledge of how Spec Ops have been integrated with regular units (with a high degree of success) in the last generation, and it will appeal to Moore's established audience and to serious students of Special Operations, along with most people interested in the Iraq war. The pressing topic should carry many readers over the book's awkward prose and fragmented structure. (Mar. 11) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A fast and furious read....When the historians try to put together the real facts of the two wars the U. S. has fought since September 11, 2001, this book will be a valuable contribution to their research." Doris Kearns Goodwin

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author comes the story of the real life hunt for Saddam Hussein by the United States Special Forces.

Synopsis:

Describes the pursuit of Saddam Hussein by United States Special Forces before and during the Iraq War and his eventual capture.

Synopsis:

The inside story of the hunt and capture of Saddam, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunt for Bin Laden and The Green Berets.

Synopsis:

The inside story of the hunt and capture of Saddam, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunt for Bin Laden and The Green Berets.

Synopsis:

This authoritative and gripping account takes readers into the real and personal story of the United States forces in Iraq, and their successful maneuvers in capturing one of the most vicious dictators of our time. Hunting Down Saddam contains up-to-the-minute material and provides never-before-heard accounts of the triumphs and frustrations, strategies and attacks, of those who put their lives at risk to track down Saddam Hussein.

Synopsis:

"A fast and furious read . . . when the historians try to put together the real facts of the two wars the U. S. has fought since September 11, 2001 this book will be a valuable contribution to their research."

--Doris Kearns Goodwin

Praise for The Hunt for Bin Laden

"A great blend of action, tactics, background, and people. . . The author of The Green Berets has told as much of the story as can be told. . . . This is uncensored war, where Special Forces is fully allowed to be Special Forces."

--Fayetteville Observer

"Robin Moore knows how to give the bad guys what for. He did it with The Green Berets in 1965 and in The French Connection in 1970, and now he's back again. . . fast-paced and immensely entertaining."

--The Washington Post Book World

"Buy this book!"

--Don Imus

"Moore was one of the few non-military individuals given access to America's secret warriors as they fought Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. . . Many of the American fighters there had read his most famous book, and some of them-or their fathers-knew of Moore from his days in Vietnam."

--The Boston Phoenix

"A gripping chronicle."

--The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

About the Author

Robin Moore won the admiration of the Green Berets forty years ago during the Vietnam War. That admiration has not flagged with a new generation of soldiers. To this day, Moore receives letters from enlisted men who say the book The Green Berets motivated their career in the Special Forces. A nose gunner (B-17) in World War II, Robin Moore spent his seventy-eighth birthday in Iraq, interviewing troops for Hunting Down Saddam. When not in war zones or on army bases, he makes his home in Concord, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312329167
Subtitle:
The Inside Story of the Search and Capture
Foreword by:
Mark Vargas
Author:
Moore, Robin
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
International
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Iraq War,
Subject:
POL037000
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Political Freedom
Subject:
Security/Terrorism
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Terrorism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
v. 1752
Publication Date:
March 18, 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp. photos
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The doughty author of The Green Berets and the instant-seeming The Hunt for Bin Laden gives us this jumbled but valuable set of accounts of crucial operations in the Iraq war. The focus is on Special Forces, to which the author remains loyal, given his background with them going back to the Vietnam War. Moore, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, went to Iraq last year, at the age of 78, and followed Task Force VIKING's (the military uses all caps when referring to such objective-oriented groups) work with the highly factionalized Kurdish armed forces, as well as Task Force DAGGER's infiltration of southern Iraq, neither much covered in the general media. Also unique to this book is the narrative of a 4th Infantry battalion's operations in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown and a center of continued Iraqi resistance, where American troops and their Iraqi allies accomplished a good deal of nation building, or at least peacekeeping, while taking casualties. The grand finale is, of course, Saddam's capture in a 'spiderhole' outside Tikrit, where the story had to end in order to meet the publication deadline. This may have led to the slightly rushed feel of the prose, but the pro-military tone is expected from the author and his assistants and informants, most retired or serving military. Also rushed, but vivid, are portraits of those Americans who are still at the 'sharp end' in Iraq, who deserve knowledgeable portrayals of and full credit for their dangerous work, which they receive here. This book adds to our knowledge of how Spec Ops have been integrated with regular units (with a high degree of success) in the last generation, and it will appeal to Moore's established audience and to serious students of Special Operations, along with most people interested in the Iraq war. The pressing topic should carry many readers over the book's awkward prose and fragmented structure. (Mar. 11) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A fast and furious read....When the historians try to put together the real facts of the two wars the U. S. has fought since September 11, 2001, this book will be a valuable contribution to their research."
"Synopsis" by , From the New York Times bestselling author comes the story of the real life hunt for Saddam Hussein by the United States Special Forces.
"Synopsis" by , Describes the pursuit of Saddam Hussein by United States Special Forces before and during the Iraq War and his eventual capture.
"Synopsis" by ,
The inside story of the hunt and capture of Saddam, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunt for Bin Laden and The Green Berets.

"Synopsis" by ,
The inside story of the hunt and capture of Saddam, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunt for Bin Laden and The Green Berets.

"Synopsis" by ,
This authoritative and gripping account takes readers into the real and personal story of the United States forces in Iraq, and their successful maneuvers in capturing one of the most vicious dictators of our time. Hunting Down Saddam contains up-to-the-minute material and provides never-before-heard accounts of the triumphs and frustrations, strategies and attacks, of those who put their lives at risk to track down Saddam Hussein.

"Synopsis" by ,
"A fast and furious read . . . when the historians try to put together the real facts of the two wars the U. S. has fought since September 11, 2001 this book will be a valuable contribution to their research."

--Doris Kearns Goodwin

Praise for The Hunt for Bin Laden

"A great blend of action, tactics, background, and people. . . The author of The Green Berets has told as much of the story as can be told. . . . This is uncensored war, where Special Forces is fully allowed to be Special Forces."

--Fayetteville Observer

"Robin Moore knows how to give the bad guys what for. He did it with The Green Berets in 1965 and in The French Connection in 1970, and now he's back again. . . fast-paced and immensely entertaining."

--The Washington Post Book World

"Buy this book!"

--Don Imus

"Moore was one of the few non-military individuals given access to America's secret warriors as they fought Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. . . Many of the American fighters there had read his most famous book, and some of them-or their fathers-knew of Moore from his days in Vietnam."

--The Boston Phoenix

"A gripping chronicle."

--The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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