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Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq

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Boots on the Ground is a riveting account of the war in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division as it convoys north from Kuwait to Iraq's Tallil Air Base en route to night-and-day battles within the major city of Samawah and its nearby bridges across the Euphrates. Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter who traveled with the 82nd, brilliantly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat. What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and field rations for weeks on end? Readers of this vivid day-to-day diary are left with not only a flashing sequence of strong mental images, but also a notion of the sounds and smells and physical sensations that make modern military action unforgettable.

Ultimately, Boots on the Ground is a human story: a moving portrayal of the powerful bonds of affection, trust, fear, and dedication that bind real soldiers involved in battle. This is a true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, often surpassing fiction for sheer drama.

Includes photos taken by the author while with the 82nd in Kuwait and Iraq!

"A fast-moving story of courage and competence, written by an observer who offers a far different picture from what was presented by our mainstream media. A moving tribute to what free soldiers united in a common cause can accomplish." -Victor Davis Hanson, military historian

Synopsis:

From one of America's embedded journalists comes a riveting, first-person account of the men and women who fought and the high-tech munitions that are changing the face of warfare forever. 16-page color insert.

Synopsis:

Boots on the Ground is a riveting account of the war in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division as it convoys north from Kuwait to Iraq's Tallil Air Base en route to night-and-day battles within the major city of Samawah and its nearby bridges across the Euphrates. Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter who traveled with the 82nd, brilliantly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat. What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and field rations for weeks on end? Readers of this vivid day-to-day diary are left with not only a flashing sequence of strong mental images, but also a notion of the sounds and smells and physical sensations that make modern military action unforgettable.

Ultimately, Boots on the Ground is a human story: a moving portrayal of the powerful bonds of affection, trust, fear, and dedication that bind real soldiers involved in battle. This is a true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, often surpassing fiction for sheer drama.

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking account of the war in Iraq--from one of America's embedded journalists. What is it like to come under fire? To cope with sleep deprivation? To enter combat? Acclaimed journalist Karl Zinsmeister offers a first-hand account of the month he spent front-line with a unit of the 82nd Airborne Division. Zinsmeister brilliantly conveys the careful on-the-ground planning even for local fire-fights and including major air-ground combat engagements. He also reveals the humor that bubbles up amidst intense fighting; the pathos of a badly wounded boy; the affection exhibited by many American soldiers--love of country, love of family, love of each other; and much more. A true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, and including thirty-two pages of color photos taken by the author, Boots on the Ground is an actionfilled microcosm of today's night-vision, laser-targeting warfighting in the battle for Iraq.

About the Author

Karl Zinsmeister's newest book is Dawn Over Baghdad: How the U.S. Military is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq. He is editor-in-chief of The American Enterprise, a national magazine of politics, business, and culture (TAEmag.com), and J. B. Fuqua Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a major Washington, D.C. research institute. His work has appeared in publications such as The American Enterprise, The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, and even a Marvel comic book series of real-life soldiers' tales. A former assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Zinsmeister has been an advisor to research and policy groups, and has testified before Congressional committees and Presidential commissions many times. He appears often on television and radio programs. Zinsmeister lives with his wife and three children in rural upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312326630
Subtitle:
A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq
Author:
Zinsmeister, Karl
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Iraq War,
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
2003-212235
Publication Date:
20041005
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32-page color photo insert
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
6.78 x 4.08 x 0.65 in

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"Synopsis" by , From one of America's embedded journalists comes a riveting, first-person account of the men and women who fought and the high-tech munitions that are changing the face of warfare forever. 16-page color insert.
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Boots on the Ground is a riveting account of the war in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division as it convoys north from Kuwait to Iraq's Tallil Air Base en route to night-and-day battles within the major city of Samawah and its nearby bridges across the Euphrates. Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter who traveled with the 82nd, brilliantly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat. What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and field rations for weeks on end? Readers of this vivid day-to-day diary are left with not only a flashing sequence of strong mental images, but also a notion of the sounds and smells and physical sensations that make modern military action unforgettable.

Ultimately, Boots on the Ground is a human story: a moving portrayal of the powerful bonds of affection, trust, fear, and dedication that bind real soldiers involved in battle. This is a true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, often surpassing fiction for sheer drama.

"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking account of the war in Iraq--from one of America's embedded journalists. What is it like to come under fire? To cope with sleep deprivation? To enter combat? Acclaimed journalist Karl Zinsmeister offers a first-hand account of the month he spent front-line with a unit of the 82nd Airborne Division. Zinsmeister brilliantly conveys the careful on-the-ground planning even for local fire-fights and including major air-ground combat engagements. He also reveals the humor that bubbles up amidst intense fighting; the pathos of a badly wounded boy; the affection exhibited by many American soldiers--love of country, love of family, love of each other; and much more. A true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, and including thirty-two pages of color photos taken by the author, Boots on the Ground is an actionfilled microcosm of today's night-vision, laser-targeting warfighting in the battle for Iraq.
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