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When U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq in March 2003, our soldiers weren't the only ones who put their lives on the line: so did 600 "embedded" journalists, including Katherine M. Skiba. Her riveting memoir provides a vivid you-are-there account of her experiences with the Army's legendary 101st Airborne, the division celebrated for its heroism in World War II as the "Band of Brothers."

Skiba, a reporter and photographer, was the sole female civilian among the 2,300 soldiers of the 159th Aviation Brigade, whose pilots flew Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters into the thick of battle. Her dispatches were a vital lifeline between the troops and their families and earned her a grateful national audience. Reporting on the men and women in uniform with journalistic dedication, natural compassion, and an eye for the absurd, she chronicles her experiences from "media boot camp" to the kick-off of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the fall of Baghdad, including a missile attack on the brigade's desert camp.

Taking readers across the wind-blown deserts of Iraq and into cramped seventy-man tents, where personal space barely exists and tempers can flare, she deftly and sympathetically portrays her brothers and sisters-in-arms—rigid commanders, gung-ho warriors, and daring aviators, as well as intelligence officers, mechanics, medics, and cooks, among many others. She details her dealings with the soldiers, her clashes with a battalion commander, and her friendship with a lieutenant colonel who helped keep her sane. Meantime she tells of the journalist-husband she left behind—and the encouragement he gave her when the going got rough.

Whether pounding out a story on her laptop, strapping on a gas mask at a moment's notice, or flying toward the frontlines, Skiba stuck it out despite her own doubts and earned the respect of one grizzled sergeant major, who quipped: "You've got balls." The risks were very real for her and anyone else who covered or fought in the war, even in its early days, long before triumph trailed off into something less than permanent victory. Her story testifies to the courage it took to endure such risks, while acknowledging the inevitable costs of war.

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A female embedded journalist in Iraq shares a riveting memoir that provides a vivid you-are-there account of her experiences with the Army's legendary 101st Airborne, the division celebrated for its heroism in World War II as the "Band of Brothers."

Synopsis:

Skiba, a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was one of only 60 women officially embedded with our troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She chronicles the emotional journey from boot camp at Fort Benning through the run-up to war, actual military operations inside Iraq, and homecoming following the fall of Baghdad.

Table of Contents

Prologue

1. War Games

2. Back to the Heartland

3. Band of Brothers

4. Sandblasted

5. "You've Got Balls"

6. Shifting Sands

7. Bad Guy Land

8. Watching Baghdad Fall

9. Unbedding

10. Hard Landing

11. Reminiscing

Afterword

Vale

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700613823
Author:
Skiba, Katherine M.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Military - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.66x6.40x1.09 in. 1.29 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A female embedded journalist in Iraq shares a riveting memoir that provides a vivid you-are-there account of her experiences with the Army's legendary 101st Airborne, the division celebrated for its heroism in World War II as the "Band of Brothers."
"Synopsis" by , Skiba, a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was one of only 60 women officially embedded with our troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She chronicles the emotional journey from boot camp at Fort Benning through the run-up to war, actual military operations inside Iraq, and homecoming following the fall of Baghdad.
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