September 11, 2014

Daniel R. Green and Brig. Gen. William F. Mullen III spoke about their book, Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al-Qaeda, at Politics & Prose on Thursday September 11, 2014.

Fallujah Redux is the first book about the Fallujah Awakening written by Operation Iraqi Freedom military veterans who served there, providing a comprehensive account of the turning of Fallujah away from the al-Qaeda insurgency in 2007. The city of Fallujah will long be associated with some of the worst violence and brutality of the Iraq War. Initially occupied by U.S. forces in 2003, it eventually served as the headquarters for numerous insurgent groups operating west of Baghdad, including al-Qaeda in Iraq and its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, until forcibly retaken at the end of 2004. This book describes the campaign that turned Fallujah from a perennial insurgent hotspot to an example of what can be achieved by the right combination of leadership and perseverance. Many books have told of the major battles in Fallujah--this book tells the rest of the story that never made the news.

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ISBN: 9781612511429
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Published: US Naval Institute Press - September 15th, 2014

September 5, 2014

General Tony Zinni spoke about his book, Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off The Battlefield, at Politics & Prose on Friday September 5, 2014.

For the better part of the last half century, the United States has been the World’s Police, claiming to defend ideologies, allies, and our national security through brute force. But is military action always the most appropriate response? Drawing on his vast experience, from combat in Vietnam to peacekeeping in Somalia, to war games in Washington, DC and negotiations with former rebels in the Philippines, retired four-star General Tony Zinni argues that we have a lot of work to do to make the process of going to war—or not—more clear-eyed and ultimately successful. He examines the relationship between the executive and the military (including the difference between passive and engaged presidents); the failures of the Joint Chief of Staff; the challenges of working with the UN, coalition forces, and NATO; the difference between young, on the ground officers and less savvy senior leaders; the role of special forces and drone warfare; and the difficult choices that need to be made to create tomorrow’s military. From the Oval Office to the battlefield, Before the First Shots Are Fired is a hard-hitting analysis of the history of America’s use of military action and a spirited call for change.

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ISBN: 9781137279385
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 2nd, 2014

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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 15th, 2015

August 19, 2014

Helen Thorpe spoke about her book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday August 19, 2014.

In Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home...and then overseas again for two of them. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have illicit affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.

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ISBN: 9781451668117
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Published: Scribner - July 7th, 2015

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