Synopses & Reviews
In Iraq, the United States made mistake after mistake. Many Americans gave up on the war. Then two generals—David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno—displayed the leadership America expected. Bringing the reader from the White House to the fighting in the streets, combat journalist and bestselling author Bing West explains this astounding turnaround by U.S. forces. In the course of fifteen extended trips over five years, West embedded with more than sixty front-line units, discussing strategy with generals and tactics with corporals. Disposing of myths, he provides an expert's account of the counterinsurgency. This is the definitive study of how American soldiers actually fought.
From one of the most respected combat reporters in America comes a gripping battlefield history of how the U.S. military corrected its mistakes in Iraq and opened a path to victory.
About the Author
Bing West was assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs under President Ronald Reagan. He served in the Marine infantry in Vietnam. Later, as an analyst at the RAND Corporation, he wrote the Vietnam classic The Village
, that war colleges use as a primer in counterinsurgency. As a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly
, West has covered the war for five years. His books on Iraq - No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah
and The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines
(co-authored with MajGen Ray Smith)-have won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundations General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for nonfiction, the Colby Award for military nonfiction, and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Media Award. West is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; his articles appear in The New York Times
, The Wall St. Journal
, and other major newspapers. He appears on National Public Radio and The Newshour with Jim Lehrer
From the Hardcover edition.