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Eight months after George W. Bush proclaimed major combat in Iraq over in 2003, author Mike Tucker found himself right in the thick of it--dirty, profane, violent, lethal, and daily major combat--with some of America’s most highly trained and accomplished soldiers.

Among Warriors in Iraq is a street-level view of the struggles of maintaining control in the anarchy that pervaded Iraq after Coalition forces declared victory. Tucker journeyed--and fought--with Special Forces groups in both Mosul and Fallujah, cities unconvinced the war was over, and willing to do anything to ensure that the struggle would continue.

Here is his frank and adrenaline-soaked account, seen through the resilient eyes of the soldiers willing to pay the ultimate price for victory.

A street-level view of the hell of combat in Mosul and Fallujah

Eight months after George W. Bush proclaimed major combat in Iraq over in 2003, author Mike Tucker found himself right in the thick of it - dirty, profane, violent, lethal, and daily major combat - with some of America's most highly trained and accomplished soldiers.

Among Warriors in Iraq is a street-level view of the struggles of maintaining control in the anarchy that pervaded Iraq after Coalition forces declared victory. Tucker journeyed with Special Forces groups in both Mosul and Fallujah, cities un-convinced the war was over and willing to do anything to ensure that the struggle would continue.

Here is his frank and uncensored account, seen through the resilient eyes of the soldiers willing to pay the ultimate price for victory.

Mike Tucker is a Marine infantry veteran with a Special Operations background, and an author. He broke Burmese Army lines in 2002 with Karen guerrillas, and has investigated war crimes in Burma and northern Iraq. In 2003, he journeyed throughout Iraqi Kurdistan, interviewing Kurds from all walks of life. Later, he joined U.S. Army snipers, scouts, light infantry, paratroopers, and Special Forces commandos for nineteen weeks on raids and patrols in northern and western Iraq. He remained in Iraq for fourteen months.

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"Join Big Hungry, Kentucky Rife, Serpico and Jedi Knight for a harrowing journey into the heart of the Iraqi insurgency. A former Marine infantryman, Tucker follows the warriors of the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul and the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions in Fallujah during 19 weeks of urban warfare in late 2003 and early 2004. In declaratives one might describe as debased Hemingway on speed, Tucker tags along for counter-IED (improvised explosive devices) patrols and zero-dark-30 (predawn) raids, capturing the adrenaline-laced urgency of urban combat against a hidden enemy. His conversations with troopers are refreshingly authentic; his analysis of the politics of Iraq tends toward open advocacy for the Kurds and a separate state of Kurdistan. (Tucker is the author of Hell Is Over: Voices of the Kurds After Saddam.) But his gritty firsthand account is packed with detail: from the slow ballet of 'scoping roof tops and alley corners,' the excruciating tension of disarming IEDs and the frenetic choreography of urban combat to the children who are never far away and are always quick with a smile, a wave and an enthusiastic 'Amerikee!' Several impressive accounts of the second Iraq War have appeared already from embedded journalists, but few are as personal and edgy as Tucker's." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Tucker, a Marine infantry veteran with a Special Operations background, gives a street-level view of the struggle to maintain control in the anarchy that pervaded Iraq after Coalition forces declared victory. He journeyed with Special Forces on the ground in both Mosul and Fallujah, cities unconvinced that the war was over and willing to do anything to ensure that the struggle would continue. There is no subject index.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A street-level view of the hell of combat in Mosul and Fallujah

About the Author

Mike Tucker is a Marine infantry veteran with a Special Operations background, and an

author. He broke Burmese Army lines in 2002, with Karen guerrillas, and has investigated

war crimes in Burma and northern Iraq. In 2003, he journeyed throughout Iraqi Kurdistan, interviewing Kurds from all walks of life. Later, he joined US Army snipers, scouts, light infantry, paratroopers, and Special Forces commandos for nineteen weeks on raids and patrols in northern and western Iraq. He remained in Iraq for fourteen months. Mike Tucker is presently in Afghanistan as an embedded author, with American paratroopers and Special Forces, from April 2005-April 2006

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Charles E, April 1, 2008 (view all comments by Charles E)
My name is Charles R Everhart in the book I am called the deerhunter, I was Morales,Thoman and Mo's team leader. I just have to say that the book was ok but Mike got alot of stuff mixed-up.I was there for every minute of the time Mike was there. I just didn't talk to him as much as the other guys. Mike was a nice guy but If you want a real book an Iraq look elseware. I can't recomend one because I don't read them.
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Jack Keogh, December 9, 2006 (view all comments by Jack Keogh)
The only first-hand account of the Iraq War that
covers both Northern and Western Iraq. That alone
got my attention about this former Marine infantryman
and established author's journey, which begins where
his first book from the Iraq War, HELL IS OVER: VOICES OF THE KURDS AFTER SADDAM, leaves off.
The narrative never flags. Tucker is the only author of his generation to be compared to Hemingway, and for good reason: he has an exceptional eye for telling, revealing details. He also has a sound, deep appreciation of military history and Near East history--there are numerous references to Xenophon's THE PERSIAN EXPEDITION, for instance. The epilogue is
eerie: over 18 months ago, Tucker was already proposing a wise exit strategy, one grounded in the realities of Bush's failure to understand that after
April 9, 2003, the US was in a guerrilla war in Iraq and
as Tucker puts it, "all combat is major." To those who are familiar with Peter Galbraith's THE END OF IRAQ, note that 14 months prior to Galbraith's strategy to support Kurdish independence and base US troops in
Iraqi Kurdistan, Tucker proposed the same thing---right, he beat Galbraith to the punch. Also, this is the only book that covers all of 18th Airborne Corps--82nd Airborne, 101st, 10th MTN, and also, Special Forces and Big Red One--in one book. Tucker has a gift for very skillfully revealing, in writing about the combat and also, the downtime, what makes men at war comrades for life. Five Stars.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592287321
Author:
Tucker, Mike
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003- - Campaigns
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.16x6.30x.74 in. .87 lbs.

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Product details 264 pages Lyons Press - English 9781592287321 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Join Big Hungry, Kentucky Rife, Serpico and Jedi Knight for a harrowing journey into the heart of the Iraqi insurgency. A former Marine infantryman, Tucker follows the warriors of the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul and the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions in Fallujah during 19 weeks of urban warfare in late 2003 and early 2004. In declaratives one might describe as debased Hemingway on speed, Tucker tags along for counter-IED (improvised explosive devices) patrols and zero-dark-30 (predawn) raids, capturing the adrenaline-laced urgency of urban combat against a hidden enemy. His conversations with troopers are refreshingly authentic; his analysis of the politics of Iraq tends toward open advocacy for the Kurds and a separate state of Kurdistan. (Tucker is the author of Hell Is Over: Voices of the Kurds After Saddam.) But his gritty firsthand account is packed with detail: from the slow ballet of 'scoping roof tops and alley corners,' the excruciating tension of disarming IEDs and the frenetic choreography of urban combat to the children who are never far away and are always quick with a smile, a wave and an enthusiastic 'Amerikee!' Several impressive accounts of the second Iraq War have appeared already from embedded journalists, but few are as personal and edgy as Tucker's." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A street-level view of the hell of combat in Mosul and Fallujah
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