August 17, 2007

Book Review - Among Warriors in Iraq

"Hemingway's dead-solid right about war--it's a street fight ... Win the street fight, and you win this war." --Specialist Sylas Carter

Among Warriors in Iraq: True Grit, Special Ops, and Raiding in Mosul and Fallujah
Mike Tucker
DS 79.764 .U6 T83 2005

Mike Tucker, a Marine special forces veteran, traveled throughout Iraqi Kurdistan in 2003 interviewing local people from all walks of life in order to understand the backdrop of the fighting in Iraq. He later traveled with U.S. Army infantrymen and special forces troops and tries to portray the fighting that he saw and experienced in Mosul and Fallujah through their perspectives. Tucker captures the soldiers' expressions, frustrations, and experience-informed observations with the detail of an investigative journalist. His shared experience and comaraderie with the men is evident in his admiring portrayal of the troops' varied and challenging missions.