We Got Him!: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein

We Got Him!: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein

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by Steve Russell

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From retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Russell comes a compelling firsthand account of the actual raids that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.


From retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Russell comes a compelling firsthand account of the actual raids that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

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The story of Saddam Hussein's capture. The events in December 2003 produced headlines and predictions that they would end the increasingly bloody insurgency. This didn't happen, and the event is now considered a historical footnote. However, it was not a footnote in the career of former Lt. Col. Russell, who provides an account of his battalion's actions from May 2003 to February 2004, with frequent asides to express personal beliefs. According to Russell, after Hussein's defeat he went underground to orchestrate a bitter insurgency designed to wear down American forces. It was moving into high gear when Russell assumed command in Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. The author is clearly a professional soldier focused on crushing the enemy, and he writes a nearly day-by-day chronicle of patrols, raids, skirmishes and intelligence gathering as his men fought insurgents while tracking and capturing Hussein's high-level henchmen and eventually the dictator himself. Sadly, according to the author, al-Qaeda immediately stepped in to take over the insurgency, which persisted for many years. Russell credits prayer with facilitating the capture. A dedicated officer, he loves his men, agonizes when they suffer, praises God when they're spared, never doubts that they fought to defend America, and does not hide his contempt for those who felt otherwise: liberals, the media, antiwar demonstrators and spineless politicians as well as any officer who has not experienced battle. Readers not put off by the author's piety and unqualified patriotism will encounter a vivid, nuts-and-bolts account of small-unit tactics during the early years of the Iraq insurgency.

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Steve Russell served 21 years in the United States Army as an infantry officer, deploying operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his command of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, he was widely covered during the first year of the Iraq war by TIME, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, AP and Reuters. He and his unit were featured in BBC Panorama's Saddam on the Run documentary as well as Discovery's Ace in the Hole. He has also been the subject of numerous books and publications. Russell retired from the Army in 2006 to return to his native state of Oklahoma, where he has advocated nationally for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and now serves in the Oklahoma State Senate. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and five children.

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We Got Him! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Antonio_B More than 1 year ago
Ignore the snobbish Kirkus review above and listen to the Wall Street Journal, Army Magazine and New York Journal of Books instead. This is a powerfully written book. As General Ray Odierno states in his forward, this is the most accurate account of the capture to date. You will not be disappointed. "With We Got Him! Steve Russell has written a superb combat memoir that immediately equals such contemporaries as Nathaniel Fick (One Bullet Away) and Craig Mullaney (The Unforgiving Minute). It may even rival classics like Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway’s, We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young." -- Kenneth Allard, New York Journal of Books "An insider's story of the surprise tips, Napoleonic tactics and dramatic end of the manhunt in Iraq." – Wall Street Journal “Superbly written in plain English with asides that ring true. In short, Russell tells a good yarn about good people, both Americans and Iraqis, in Saddam’s stronghold, Tikrit. This good book is well worth buying.” -- ARMY Magazine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago