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San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman was embedded in the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, during the most recent war in Iraq. He enjoyed a close working relationship with the CO, the battalion sergeant major, and several other members of the battalion. This didn't destroy his ability to distance himself from aspects of the military that he never liked, or from political judgments on the war. The combination of embedding and prior service did give him a rare perspective on the gritty (literally, when a sandstorm blew up) details of ground combat in Iraq and how the modern American marine relates to his buddies, his enemies, and his family back home. The conclusion of the book offers equally rare material on the nation-building efforts that continue, with sympathy for both the U.S. military and most shades of Iraqi opinion.—ALA Booklist

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In this reprint from 2004, Koopman, a former Marine and reporter covering the Iraq War for the San Francisco Chronicle, follows the efforts of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy (call sign Darkside) in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The story includes an account of Koopman's own enlistment and beginning's in journalism. He then traces the battalion's preparation, training, and journey fighting across Iraq into Baghdad, where they pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein. There is no index. Zenith Press is an imprint of Quayside Publishing. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A firsthand account of the early Iraq war is told by an embedded reporter with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy (radio call sign: Darkside).

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They were the soldiers who pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy (radio call sign: Darkside). And this is the story of their war, seen from the inside by the reporter they called Paperboy. From the build-up in Kuwait to the first push into Basra, from the briefings to the heat of battles planned or stumbled upon, San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Koopman captures the war in Iraq as it was lived, fought, and felt the nitty-gritty as well as the guts-and-glory of it and as he saw it firsthand from Darksides humvee or riding with the sergeant major (the Marine infantry battalions "most feared, respected, loved, and hated man"). A former service Marine himself, Koopman was seeing combat for the first time, too. His account, part memoir, part biography, part battle history, encompasses all the bravery and fear, camaraderie, excitement, humor, and sorrow experienced on the shifting front line of Americas war in Iraq. In spring of 2004, author Koopman returned to Iraq and reunited with McCoys Marines following their return to Iraq and the new insurgent war. This "rest of the story" makes for a fascinating epilogue.

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San Francisco, California

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760337387
Author:
Koopman, John
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
Subject:
Iraq
Subject:
Global War on Terror
Subject:
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Subject:
Military
Edition Description:
Updated edition
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 color photos
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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A firsthand account of the early Iraq war is told by an embedded reporter with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy (radio call sign: Darkside).

"Synopsis" by ,
They were the soldiers who pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy (radio call sign: Darkside). And this is the story of their war, seen from the inside by the reporter they called Paperboy. From the build-up in Kuwait to the first push into Basra, from the briefings to the heat of battles planned or stumbled upon, San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Koopman captures the war in Iraq as it was lived, fought, and felt the nitty-gritty as well as the guts-and-glory of it and as he saw it firsthand from Darksides humvee or riding with the sergeant major (the Marine infantry battalions "most feared, respected, loved, and hated man"). A former service Marine himself, Koopman was seeing combat for the first time, too. His account, part memoir, part biography, part battle history, encompasses all the bravery and fear, camaraderie, excitement, humor, and sorrow experienced on the shifting front line of Americas war in Iraq. In spring of 2004, author Koopman returned to Iraq and reunited with McCoys Marines following their return to Iraq and the new insurgent war. This "rest of the story" makes for a fascinating epilogue.
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