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As a First Lieutenant and Infantry Platoon Leader for the U.S. Army National Guard, Paul Rieckhoff was charged with leading thirty-eight men in Iraq. He spent almost a year in one of the bloodiest and most volatile areas of Baghdad. And when he finally came home, he vowed to tell Americans the harrowing truth. He does just that, uncensored and unrehearsed, "and with wit and passion" (Arianna Huffington), in Chasing Ghosts-the first criticism of the Iraq war written by a soldier ...
As a First Lieutenant and Infantry Platoon Leader for the U.S. Army National Guard, Paul Rieckhoff was charged with leading thirty-eight men in Iraq. He spent almost a year in one of the bloodiest and most volatile areas of Baghdad. And when he finally came home, he vowed to tell Americans the harrowing truth. He does just that, uncensored and unrehearsed, "and with wit and passion" (Arianna Huffington), in Chasing Ghosts-the first criticism of the Iraq war written by a soldier who fought in it.
Posted April 24, 2011
As the war in Iraq has wound down the past few years, I have nit really thought about it very much. But when it started, I remember telling everyone how screwed up it was handled and how the mismanagement was of epic proportions. When the insurgency was just starting and everyone was running a round quoting how the war was over and those were just bandits, I knew they were sadly mistaken and this thing was going to go one for years. Eight years later is it still going on and this book goes a long way to explaining WHY! This book cover a lot of themes that are frankly reoccurring in every war the USA fights, and probably for all militaries.
This is a good book for the average reader to place themselves in the mindset of a platoon commander out where the rubber meets the road and all the various problems he is expected to overcome without much support. That part is very telling, sad and all too common.
Posted March 5, 2010
I am the mother of an Iraq veteran and infantry soldier. This book helped me understand so many things that my son could not share with me. I have a much deeper understanding and a deeper appreciation for our men and women in the military. I applaud Paul for his raw honesty. This book is intense, emotional, funny at times but also made my heart just ache at times. It clicked for me, because I am a true supporter of our military. I am a hardcore Army MOM, however I struggled with what this war was really about. Thank you Paul and Thank You B Company. For your service and your sacrifices.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2009
What would you get if you mixed modern day warfare, a patriotic American, and a conspiracy? You'd get Chasing Ghosts. This novel is about the author's experience in the war over in Iraq, he tells about his troubles and hardships he faced while over there, from oppressive heat, to the inability for the military to ship him home. It's full of rough military talk, and dirty humor, but it also has moments that will tug at your heart.
The book follows a soldier by the name of Paul Rieckhoff, and his ordeal in Iraq, he tells about his fight on the frontlines, as well as on the home-front. He tells in great detail about the lack of equipment and the Vietnam war equipment that their forced to use, and the horrors of war that the people must face along with the soldiers.
It's a dark tale with plenty of humor to keep you hooked, if you want to know what's going on in the war this book is a definite read, it shows how our country will fight for what we want; oil. He tells how soldiers are just pawns in the grand view of the war and how they have little say over the goings of with the war, and how you have to fight to just have your voice heard. With its action, humor, and tragedy; this book is one for the ages
Posted April 19, 2008
Posted July 31, 2007
So many people call themselves a 'patriot,' yet they blindly follow their leader into a meaningless, endless, unprovoked war for oil. Patriotism is about questioning the government and its decisions. It's about speaking out on behalf of your fellow man. Rieckhoff's book is an insider's account, a soldier's account, of the Iraq war. It seethes with anger at the mishandling of the war. It questions the thought processes, or lack thereof, that led to sending brave men and women to their deaths without proper equipment and proper strategy. The book is not a political statement, but a firsthand account from the trenches. Rieckhoff is no liberal muckracker. He is just a soldier fed up with the carelessness this administration has shown with the lives of thousands of sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and friends. It is a gripping, intense and eye-opening read from cover to cover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2011
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