McCoy's Marines: Darkside to Baghdad [NOOK Book]

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San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman was embedded in the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, during the most recent war in Iraq. He enjoyed a close working relationship with the CO, the battalion sergeant major, and several other members of the battalion. This didn't destroy his ability to distance himself from aspects of the military that he never liked, or from political judgments on the war. The combination of embedding and prior service did give him a rare perspective on the gritty ...

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Overview

San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman was embedded in the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, during the most recent war in Iraq. He enjoyed a close working relationship with the CO, the battalion sergeant major, and several other members of the battalion. This didn't destroy his ability to distance himself from aspects of the military that he never liked, or from political judgments on the war. The combination of embedding and prior service did give him a rare perspective on the gritty (literally, when a sandstorm blew up) details of ground combat in Iraq and how the modern American marine relates to his buddies, his enemies, and his family back home. The conclusion of the book offers equally rare material on the nation-building efforts that continue, with sympathy for both the U.S. military and most shades of Iraqi opinion.—ALA Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

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Follow Me (Second Marine Division newsletter), September 2005

“War, death, pathos, personal sacrifice, courage, bravery, leadership, charisma, history…these are but a few of the issues Koopman addresses in his gripping true account of ‘McCoy’s Marines’ in Iraq”

Marine Corps Gazette, July 2005
“If McCoy himself were the reviewer, I imagine he would judge this book faithful to the guidance he gave Koopman before the war.”

Los AngelesTimes, Sept. 25, 2005
“In McCoy’s Marines: Darkside to Baghdad, San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Koopman inserts himself into the story, and much of the book is his account of the problems, joys and fears of being an embedded reporter during the Baghdad assault in 2003. Koopman, a former Marine, had either the good luck or foresight to attach himself to one of the Marine Corps’ go-for-broke characters: then-Lt. Col. Bryan McCoy, whose radio call sign was ‘Darkside.’ It was his battalion that fought in Al Cut and then toppled Hussein’s statue in Baghdad; not for nothing is he known by other Marines as ‘Killer’ McCoy.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616732769
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/8/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 374,827
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

John Koopman enlisted in the Marines at 17 in 1976. A veteran journalist and editor, he is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and lives with his family in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments: 11

Prologue: 13

Chapter 1: Growing Up 20

Chapter 2: Journalism 35

Chapter 3: Preparation For War 48

Chapter 4: Leaving Home 68

Chapter 5: Invasion 108

Chapter 6: On The March 125

Chapter 7: The Road To Diwaniyah 146

Chapter 8: The Compound 168

Chapter 9: Baghdad 190

Chapter 10: Going Home 221

Chapter 11: Back To Iraq 234

Chapter 12: Hearts And Minds 257

Chapter 13: A Totally Different War 272

Epilogue: Images Of Iraq 286

Afterword: 297

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    Rare Real Look at the War

    As a young female, books about war rarely peek my interest. However, the face of 'McCoy' caught my attention and my journey to Iraq began. I find this book at times impossible to put down and always engaging. As Americans we often sit from the sidelines watching as the world outside our window implodes. Reading this book allows for you to become embedded with these brave men. Providing you with a tangible look at war and the many emotions it ignites in those that engage. Mr. Koopman was fair and honest, and that was appreciated. He did not try to wax eloquent or impose his beliefs, but rather gave the story as it was, and for that I am thank full. But, more importantly I gained a greater appreciation for the men and women of our armed services. You learn that no matter what your political stance is about the war, you cannot deny that these men and women are doing something many of us would never have the guts to do and doing it well. This book makes me proud to be an American. You can not be anything but proud, when you realize that their are those like McCoy's Marines around to protect all that we are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    He Told a Story with Grace and Truth

    My husband was one of the many marines under the leadership of Col McCoy. Since returning from Iraq he hasn't talked too much about his service in country. This book tells me what my husband saw and experienced. It gives me a greater understanding for his quieter moments, a greater appreciation for the cause he follows and I complain less about not having him beside me. I am proud my husband is a Marine and grateful there is a story of his company of men for my daughters to learn about a difficult time for us all. This author has written with grace and compassion while never straying from the true horrors of war. He speaks of the lighter moments, the fear and the loss of men frankly. I thank him for that ... on a personal note I also wish to thank him for taking the time to email me one morning to let me know my husband was okay and safe. Regardless of your stance on this war in Iraq, the facts are our men and women are there doing a difficult job. It is through books like these we can discover for ourselves what is happening, what they are experiencing and hopefully through books like these our men and women won't return home to a 'Vietnam' welcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    A reviewer

    My son was in the 3/4, Kilo with McCoy for the first two tours in Iraq, and he earned a medal for Heroism with Valor for his part in the battle at Karma. Mr. Koopman has put into words what my son couldn't bring himself to tell me. His writing style is easy to read, even if the content isn't always. Keep the tissues handy. And thank you to Mr. Koopman and the other journalists who have risked it all to tell us the true story of what our loved ones do for the sake of human freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Semper Fi!

    I couldn't put the book down, finishing it in one day. Not only because my husband is a member of the battalion written about, but because this book gives an inside view without personal opinion. The book made me laugh, made me cry, and made me incredibly proud to be an American and to hear incredible work done by Americans. God Bless America!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    Great reporting from the front lines of Iraq...

    I thought this was a great story about Marines in Iraq. Koopman maintained his objectivity throughout, but you can't help but read between the lines. As a former Marine himself, you sense the respect he has for our current day Marines, especially their leaders. I enjoyed the firsthand account of action on the ground in Iraq. Thank you for telling the Marines story. You earned our respect and admiration for putting yourself at the front to tell this story. Semper Fi.

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