America at War: The Battle for Iraq: A View From The Frontlines

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During the war in Iraq, journalists and photographers embedded among our troops had an unprecedented view of the fierce realities experienced by our men and women in uniform -- from the extreme heroism of battle to the poignancy of humanitarian efforts. Long heralded for ...

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In America at War, Dan Rather and the reporters of CBS News provide a unique historical record of military conflict from a riveting vantage point -- alongside our brave soldiers on the frontlines of combat.

During the war in Iraq, journalists and photographers embedded among our troops had an unprecedented view of the fierce realities experienced by our men and women in uniform -- from the extreme heroism of battle to the poignancy of humanitarian efforts. Long heralded for setting the standard for television journalism, Dan Rather and his CBS News colleagues deliver here a volume of work that captures, as never before, that firsthand perspective. In reflective personal commentary, stunning photographs, and groundbreaking video, the exhilarating and heartbreaking stories of war come vividly to life against the backdrop of a military conflict that affected Americans at home and abroad.

Among the contributors is Mark Strassmann, embedded with the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne in Kuwait, who recalls the aftermath of the shocking fratricide that claimed one officer's life and injured fourteen others. Allen Pizzey relays his conversation with a U.S.-backed Kurdish fighter outside of Mosul, still reeling with anger after a U.S. air strike gone devastatingly wrong killed more than seventeen. Jim Axelrod recounts the heart-stopping moment when the Humvee in which he was traveling quit in the middle of an unprotected bridge, and with AK-47 fire whistling overhead, his colleagues in a nearby truck performed a daring rescue. These and many other stories are reported with the vivid detail and emotional resonance of firsthand experience.

A full-length DVD tells the full chronological story of the military conflict and brings together some of the most powerful war images ever captured -- from video of blazing firepower to intimate, revealing interviews with military personnel. The DVD also contains special features, including Dan Rather's exclusive interview with Saddam Hussein, gripping stories of soldiers lost and rescued, and an informative library of military vehicles and aircraft.

From the first jet that took off from the USS Abraham to the now-famous toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad, the reporters of CBS News were there on the frontlines, documenting history as it happened. Now, in words, photographs, and video, America at War provides a unique historical record of a controversial military conflict, and preserves the deeply human moments that will remain a lasting part of our national consciousness.

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Adult/High School-A quickly delivered punch replayed in slow motion shows the anticipation, impact, and separation of a hit. Similarly, this book is a clearly focused close-up of the force, the strikes, and the toll taken in Iraq. In short essays, some of CBS's most renowned contemporary news journalists embedded with U.S. military troops share their experiences. A generous portfolio of color photos that tell equally as poignant stories accompanies the text. Broadcast veteran Rather cautions in his May 2003 introduction that "as this remembrance of 28 days of fighting goes to press, the war cannot yet be termed decisive." But a chronology, maps, and the tension-drenched observations of correspondents such as Jim Axelrod, Lara Logan, and Allen Pizzey make readers passengers on the sandy battle course. From them, troops turn into individuals and timing shifts back and forth from friend to foe. Additionally, a DVD with extensive interviews and frontline coverage intensifies the first-person view. In print or video, America at War is a rich reference for classroom assignments and an excellent way for YAs to process the news and form opinions.-Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780743257862
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 8/12/2003
  • Edition description: Book & DVD
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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America at War


By Rather, Dan

Simon & Schuster

Rather, Dan
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ISBN: 0743257863


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The March to War

To hear U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell tell it, the Bush administration was never in a rush toward war. Powell spent seven and a half weeks negotiating Resolution 1441 line by line, word by word. By the time it was approved unanimously by the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council in November 2002, as far as Powell was concerned, everyone - including the French, the Russians, and the Germans - knew that the resolution's reference to "serious consequences" meant only one thing: either Saddam Hussein complied fully with new weapons inspections or the Bush administration would go to war with Iraq.

But the diplomatic wrangling was not over. By March 2003, Paris and Moscow's call for a second resolution authorizing force had been joined by London, Washington's staunchest ally. Public sentiment throughout Europe against a war was strong, and this made already skeptical leaders more nervous. Many Europeans thought President Bush's personal style was brash and that he was morally arrogant.

The policy disagreement boiled down to this: The Bush administration saw Saddam Hussein as a clear and present danger. Having suffered one huge attack on September 11, 2001, President Bush was unwilling to take any chances that the Iraqi dictator would allow weapons of mass destruction to fall into the hands of terrorists for use in another attack. Led by France, much of Europe's political leadership didn't see the threat in immediate terms and refused to pledge support for a second resolution.

On the Security Council, Britain, Spain, and Bulgaria were firmly behind the United States on a second resolution. Five other members - France, Germany, Russia, China, and Syria - were firmly opposed. Washington was left looking for five of the six votes from those who were undecided: Mexico, Chile, Pakistan, Cameroon, Angola, and Guinea.

But France threatened to use its veto if Washington got the nine votes required for passage, thus escalating the policy disagreement into a political and diplomatic crisis. In many ways, the confrontation over Iraq had become a test among Security Council members of how much the United States could get away with as the world's only remaining superpower.

Faced with a possible veto, the U.S. withdrew the resolution on March 17. That evening, President Bush delivered his ultimatum speech, giving Saddam Hussein forty-eight hours to leave Iraq or face military action.

CHARLES WOLFSON
STATE DEPARTMENT REPORTER, CBS NEWS

Copyright © 2003 by CBS Worldwide Inc.(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Introduction Dan Rather

Chronology of a War

Map of the Region

Map of Iraq

TIME RUNS OUT

The March to War Charles Wolfson

"The Day of Your Liberation Is Near" Excerpt of a speech by President George W. Bush

To the Fliers, Shock and Awe Was Just Another Mission Cynthia Bowers

COMBAT

Moving Out Jim Axelrod

Soldiers of the Night Lee Cowan

The Enemy Within Mark Strassmann

Friend or Foe Scott Pelley

Incoming Wounded Phil Ittner

Ambushed John Roberts

"We Have Always Lived in Fear" Allen Pizzey

Trying to Help Erin Moriarty

More Questions Than Answers Mike Kirsch

ALL BUT WON

Closing In Jim Axelrod

Dead Wrong Allen Pizzey

Sacrifice Mika Brzezinski

Witness to the Fall Lara Logan

Grace Under Fire Byron Pitts

Taking it Day by Day Jim Axelrod

Lawlessness and Disorder Dan Rather

Caught in the Cross Fire Lara Logan

The Accidental Mayor Scott Pelley

Afterword Mark Phillips

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2007

    Frontlines In Iraq

    Dan Rather and the Reporters of CBS News did a fantastic job letting the readers of this great book know what the days in Iraq really is like. Through the voice of their writing and providing excellent descriptions of how the men and women feel on the frontlines. Also I liked how this book was different from any other book about the battle for Iraq by the fact that they not only wrote this book from the soldiers¿ point of view by also the point of view of the journalists themselves. They talked from how the war was all started in 2003, with the judgment that Iraq was in possession of a weapons program with nuclear weapons, to many years and casualties later, the war in Iraq is still going strong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2003

    More than met the eye

    What I liked about the essays in this book is that the journalists say things about the war that did not necessarily come across in their tv reporting. Many of the essays relate doubts about the war that were expressed by military personnel and civilians, as well as the journalists' own skeptical and critical views of events. I was happily surprised that the essays were as frank as they were, particularly since I found the tv coverage at the time far too rah-rah. I'm glad that the journalists over there were given the chance through this book to tell the public more about what was going on.

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