Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspectiveby Paul Rieckhoff
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.
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Paul Rieckhoff is the executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) (formerly Operation Truth), the first and largest organization for veterans of the War on Terror. During his time in the Adamiyah section of central Baghdad, he led his light infantry platoon on hundreds of combat patrols with the 3rd Infantry and 1st Armored Divisions. He continues to serve his country as an Infantry Officer in the New York Army National Guard.
Rieckhoff is a nationally recognized authority on the war in Iraq and issues affecting our troops, military families, and veterans at home. He is a frequent TV and radio commentator and has appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, FOX’s Hannity & Colmes, NBC Nightly News, 60 Minutes II, CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, ABC’s World News Tonight, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Air America’s Al Franken Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered, among many other programs. He and IAVA have also been featured across the country in numerous major national newspapers and magazines. He was named one of “America’s Best and Brightest of 2004” by Esquire. On May 1, 2004, in a spot normally reserved for governors and senators, Rieckhoff delivered the Democratic response to President Bush’s national weekly radio address.
Prior to his deployment to Iraq, Rieckhoff worked as a high school football coach and an investment banking analyst on Wall Street, and later spent several weeks contributing to the rescue effort at Ground Zero after 9/11. He is a graduate of Amherst College, where he studied political science. He lives in New York City’s East Village.
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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.
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.
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
After I read this book I had to meet Paul. Once I got to speak with him I realized he is one of the most humble men of our time. I would not set this book down..I even fell asleep with it open on my bed. It's addicting to hear the real story of the war..every scared moment to every tear. If you are tired of hearing the news' side to the war and only knowing what they want you to know, read this book. It is definitely worth it.
This book is MUST READ for all Americans!
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.