Angels In Sadr City

Angels In Sadr City

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by Anthony S Farina

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When the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson was deployed to Iraq in 2007, the men found themselves in a city known as a safe haven for criminals and terrorists. No other allied forces had dared enter Sadr City to suppress the insurgents. The area of Sadr City is an untamed city inhabited by nearly two and a half million people, some of whom found safety and


When the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson was deployed to Iraq in 2007, the men found themselves in a city known as a safe haven for criminals and terrorists. No other allied forces had dared enter Sadr City to suppress the insurgents. The area of Sadr City is an untamed city inhabited by nearly two and a half million people, some of whom found safety and comfort in the protection offered by the United States Army. Their task was to build a wall to contain the enemy inside the city. How could they wall off an entire city while being shot at by the enemy at the same time?

Discover what the media did not report in its coverage of the War on Terror. This is the true story of the last battle for Baghdad through the eyes of an infantry soldier as he leads his men to accomplish an important strategic initiative against insurmountable odds. Join the soldiers of the "Beaver Platoon" in the battles they fight in the streets of Baghdad and within their own souls. These are the miracles that saved the men of Charlie Company and transformed the life of one of its leaders forever.

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Angels In Sadr City 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, don't rely on one star ratings from jackasses who hide behind an "Anonymous" log in name. This is a no punches pulled, straight from the gut, first person account of what it is like to put your life on the line in combat. It helps any of us who have not been in Staff Sergeant Farina's boots understand that the man to your left and right are your motivation for risking death or serious injury to accomplish a mission lest you let your brother-in-arms down. Angels in Sadr City also provides insight into the emotions of an abnormal experience that linger long after the actual events. This should be required reading for EVERY company and field grade officer to help them understand the impact their decisions have on enlisted Soldiers that are tasked with carrying out their orders.
CLevesque More than 1 year ago
I have always had a respect for our military forces and what they are willing to sacrifice for our country. However, it never really hit home and still not fully even after I married a soldier. It is really hard to get a soldier to talk about and relive such horrific events in their lives but SSG Farina not only opens up the door to what he has seen but helps you understand what they feel and think. You can't read this book and look at a soldier the same again. They are truly heroes. Thank you SSG Farina for the strength to pen your memories and experiences for a nation to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was inspiring! Anthony is a hero!
bsdoc More than 1 year ago
He's been there, he's done it. He's a real person who had the courage to take a deep introspective look after-the-fact, and share with everyone his holistic experience. All around great guy that deserves much recognition for trying to help others! You're a hero SSG Farina!!
katedave More than 1 year ago
This book as been so inspiring for me. I was totally oblivous to what our soliders went through over in Iraq. The book helps me make sense of it all. We may not like war but we have to love those warriors!!!!!! It drives me Crazy to see people bashing the good someone is triing to do!!! When you state things like "It should be used for toliet paper" you are smashing my sons face in crap!!!! It is to ad our world has to live with such jealousy. It would be a far better place without it. Please before you slam the book ressearch where the proceeds are going Anthony is not making a dime on it 20% will be putting Sgt Christophers Simpson cousins through college or be going to his foundation. So really think about what you say. It may help you feel better but in the long run you look like the tolet paper!!!!!! Proud Mother of Sgt Christopher Simpson KIA 3/17/08 Proud Mother of Richard Simpson USMC 04-09 Kate McLaughlin
billmar141 More than 1 year ago
The writer did a good job with this book regardless of a few minor errors. I was intrigued to discover that the profits of this book are going to the families of soldiers who sacrificed in combat. Though this is an account from a personal perspective, backed-up by a statistics section at the end, I believe there is something for everyone to learn from in this story. The book not only talks about the emotions of combat but the reality a soldier faces when returning home and dealing with addiction issues. Good job SSG Farina, I will suggest this to everyone I know and keep up the charitable work!
RM85 More than 1 year ago
Anthony Farina's Angels in Sadr City is an absolutely inspiring account of his combat experience in Baghdad. With detailed imgery, he points continually to the great sacrifices of the men in his unit. It is not a book about the politics of the War on Terror. It is not a book about his own heroism. It does describe some battle strategy, which he explains well to civilian readers who may not be familiar with combat maneuvers. Rather, Angels in Sadr City deals with the "spirituality" of war, if you will, which makes it a very unique perspective on combat. In his book, Farina describes both the external and internal struggles that soldiers in combat endure. The war, he says, consists not only of the battle in the streets, the visible battle of good versus evil, but also the battle in a soldier's spirit. Farina explains what motivates men in an infantry unit. He describes what it's like to be shot at and delivered from death. He lets us share his sorrow at the death of his comrades. In short, Farina invites us into his own soul as his unit fights both in the streets and in their spirits. The way Farina describes his own experience with post-traumatic stress is an inspiration to anyone who suffers from sorrow, loss, depression, addiction, or stress-induced conditions. The book can be helpful to other soldiers, their families, or anyone with these experiences. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspirational story about conquering against the odds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not worth the money. The author is full of himself. I served in the same war........   This author twists things to make them his own reality. Skip it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Angels in Sadr City, it took about 45 minutes to read the whole book, and that is 45 minutes of my life that I will never get back. As a scholar it was poorly written and doesn't show any of the true facts of the war. It is one man who can't stop talking about himself long enough to make side notes about fallen soldiers. The facts that he presents in this book are truely skewed. I have studied history for the last 30 years of my life and served in the military myself, and can say that I am truely apalled. Please save your money on this book, because I would be willing to send mine to you for free. SSG Farina, next time you choose to write a book, I would take a little more time preparing, and would find someone to proof read it for you. Best of Luck...