Winter Soldier by Iraq Veterans Against the War, Aaron Glantz

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations by Iraq Veterans Against the War, Aaron Glantz
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Overview: “The only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name.” (Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War)
In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by “a few bad apples,” as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of “an increasingly bloody occupation.”
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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The Ba’thification of Iraq by Aaron M. Faust

The Ba’thification of Iraq: Saddam Hussein’s Totalitarianism by Aaron M. Faust
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Overview: This fascinating analysis of a wealth of documents from the Hussein regime reveals the specific tactics used to inculcate loyalty in the Iraqi people during the nearly quarter century-long rule of Saddam Huessein and the Ba’th party.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Ronin: Marine Scouts in Iraq by Mike Tucker

Ronin: A Marine Scout-Sniper Platoon in Iraq by Mike Tucker
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Overview: First-ever oral history of an entire Marine scout-sniper platoon

Evidence of how Al Qaeda penetrated the Fallujah police department and never-before-seen photos of suicide bombings in Fallujah

Boots-on-the-ground perspective on American policy in action in Iraq

In this raw and provocative new book, readers wear desert camouflage, climb to rooftops, and get behind the rifle with a platoon of elite Marine snipers and scouts in Iraq. Author Mike Tucker embedded with the unit for its entire combat tour in 2005-06 to tell this exclusive from-the-frontlines story. Ronin captures true-grit Marines at war as they reconnoiter Iraqi villages, track terrorist targets, grapple with unrealistic rules of engagement, and get the kill. It also contains the only firsthand accounts of such previously unreported actions as an Al Qaeda attack on a police station and the "winter of the sniper" when terrorist gunmen plagued Coalition forces in Fallujah.
Genre: Non-fiction | History

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The Iran-Iraq War: Chaos in a Vacuum by Stephen C. Pelletiere

The Iran-Iraq War: Chaos in a Vacuum by Stephen C. Pelletiere
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Overview: This book is a major reinterpretation of the Iran-Iraq War and is a source for reexamining the U.S. involvement in the Gulf. Pelletiere demonstrates that the war was not a standoff in which Iraq finally won a grinding war of attrition through luck, persistence, and the use of poison gas. Instead, Iraq planned the last campaign almost two years prior to its unfolding. [The Iraqis] trained extensively and expended enormous sums of money to make their effort succeed. What won for them was their superior fignting prowess and greater commitment. Gas–if it was used at all–played only a minor part in the victory.’

Pelletiere concludes that the key to understanding the war is the Extraordinary Congress of the Ba’th Party held in July 1986. It was there that the initial planning for the final campaign was done, and this campaign is what decided the fate of the conflict. The study centers around the last Iraqi campaign, which Pelletiere argues was based upon World War II blitzkrieg tactics, but he also treats the background, the politics, and the history of the conflict, and analyzes the significance of the war to the Middle East and to the position of the United States there.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 by Efraim Karsh

The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 by Efraim Karsh
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Overview: The Iran-Iraq War, which ended in August 1988, one month short of its eighth anniversary, was one of the longest, bloodiest and costliest Third World armed conflicts in the twentieth century. Professor Karsh addresses the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, unpacking the objectives of the two belligerents and examining how far objectives were matched by strategy. He assesses the war’s military lessons regarding such key areas as strategy, tactics and escalation and in particular the use of non-conventional weapons, Finally, he examines the utility of armed force as an instrument of foreign policy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Iran-Iraq War: Impact and Implications by Efraim Karsh

The Iran-Iraq War: Impact and Implications by Efraim Karsh
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Overview: The Iran-Iraq War, which ended in the summer of 1988, a month short of its eighth anniversary, is undoubtedly the Third World’s longest and bloodiest conflict in a half-century. As such, its lessons and implications extend beyond the geographical confines of the Middle East. Bringing together Israeli, American and European specialists from the fields of Middle East history, international relations, strategy and economics, this book offers the first comprehensive post bellum analysis of the impact and implications of the Iran-Iraq war. The book starts with an examination of the war’s impact on the domestic and foreign affairs of the two belligerents, continues with a discussion of the political ramifications of the war in both the regional and the global spheres, and concludes by analysing the economic, military and strategic implications.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Iraq: The Cost of War by Jeremy Greenstock

Iraq: The Cost of War by Jeremy Greenstock
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Overview: Tony Blair’s decision to back George W. Bush in his attack on Iraq will go down as a defining moment for Blair, and for Britain. As Ambassador to the UN, Sir Jeremy Greenstock was centre stage in the dramatic months leading up to the Iraq war. After the war he was Special Envoy for Iraq, the UK’s highest authority on the ground, and he worked side by side with Paul Bremer, the US administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, in Baghdad and saw first-hand the impact of the divisive turf wars back in Washington.

He kept a diary of what he witnessed in Iraq as the security situation deteriorated and has spoken remarkably candidly about the US-led administration. This extraordinary book is a record of what he saw.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Iraq and the War on Terror by Paul Rogers

Iraq and the War on Terror: Twelve Months of Insurgency by Paul Rogers
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Overview: Since the start of the Iraq conflict, world-renowned security expert Paul Rogers has produced a series of monthly reports scrutinizing developments in the occupation and the Iraqi response to it, drawing on the unique range of contacts and material available to the prestigious Oxford Research Group. Now, for the first time, Rogers has brought these reports together to provide a detailed and authoritative analysis of the last year in Iraq. Concisely-written and highly accessible, this is an indispensable book for anyone interested the Middle East, US foreign policy and international security.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by Tom Lansford

9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Chronology and Reference Guide by Tom Lansford
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Overview: The first decade of the 21st century witnessed a watershed of political, economic, diplomatic, and military change as a direct result of the events of September 11, 2001. Through narrative chapters, a chronology of events, biographical sketches of principal players, and annotated primary documents, author Tom Lansford documents the domestic impact of the terrorist attacks that stunned the world as well as the subsequent "war on terror" and the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Chronology and Reference Guide explores the origins and aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in both the domestic and international contexts. It addresses the rise of global terrorism and the concurrent histories of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the broader Middle East, as well as the interaction of the United States with the region. Events, trends, groups, and individual players are examined as part of the broader historical context, allowing readers to see the connections between these various elements.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Iran-Iraq War by way of Pierre Razoux

The Iran-Iraq War by way of Pierre Razoux
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Overview: From 1980 to 1988, Iran and Iraq fought the longest standard warfare of the 20 th century. The tragedies integrated the slaughter of kid infantrymen, using chemical guns, the placing of civilian transport within the Gulf, and the destruction of towns. The Iran-Iraq War gives an unflinching take a look at a struggle seared into the area’s collective reminiscence however little understood within the West. Pierre Razoux displays why this warfare stays central to figuring out Middle Eastern geopolitics, from the deep-rooted mistrust between Sunni and Shia Muslims, to Iran’s obsession with nuclear energy, to the ongoing struggles in Iraq. He supplies helpful keys to decipher Iran’s conduct and inside combat nowadays.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The War Over Iraq by Lawrence F. Kaplan

The War Over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission by Lawrence F. Kaplan, William Kristol
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Overview: As the crisis with Iraq continues, Americans have questions. Is war really necessary? What can it accomplish? What broad vision of U.S. foreign policy underlies the determination to remove Saddam Hussein? What were the failures of the last couple of decades that brought us to a showdown with a dictator developing weapons of mass destruction? What is the relationship between war with Iraq and the events of 9-11? The answers to these questions are found in this timely book by two of America’s leading foreign policy thinkers. Kristol and Kaplan lay out a detailed rationale for action against Iraq. But to understand why we must fight Saddam, the authors assert, it is necessary to go beyond the details of his weapons of mass destruction, his past genocidal actions against Iran and his own people, and the U.N. resolutions he has ignored. The explanation begins with how the dominant policy ideas of the last decade–Clintonian liberalism and Republican realpolitik–led American policymakers to turn a blind eye to the threat Iraq has posed for well over a decade. As Kristol and Kaplan make clear, the war over Iraq is in large part a war of competing ideas about America’s role in the world. The authors provide the first comprehensive explanation of the strategy of "preemption" guiding the Bush Administration in dealing with this crisis. They show that American foreign policy for the 21st century is being forged in the crucible of our response to Saddam. The war over Iraq will presumably be the end of Saddam Hussein. But it will be the beginning of a new era in American foreign policy. William Kristol and Lawrence Kaplan are indispensable guides to the era that lies ahead.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Faisal I Of Iraq

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Iraq, Vietnam & the Limits of American Power by Robert K Brigham

Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power by Robert K. Brigham
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Overview: Since the first days of the Iraqi invasion, supporters of the war have cautioned the public not to view this conflict as another Vietnam. They rightfully point to many important distinctions. There is no unified resistance in Iraq. No political or religious leader has been able to galvanize opposition to U.S. intervention the way that Ho Chi Minh did in Vietnam. And it is not likely that 580,000 American troops will find their way to Iraq.
However, there are two similarities that may dwarf the thousands of differences. First, in Iraq, like Vietnam, the original rationale for going to war has been discredited and public support has dwindled. Second, in both cases the new justification became building stable societies. There are enormous pitfalls in America’s nation building efforts in Iraq as there were in Vietnam. But it is the business we now find ourselves in, and there is no easy retreat from it morally. As American frustration increases, some policy makers are making the deadly mistake of approaching problems in Iraq as if we are facing them for the first time. It is crucial that we apply the lessons of Vietnam wisely and selectively.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Military > Iraq War

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Supremacy and Oil: Iraq, Turkey and the Anglo American World Order 1918-1930

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