Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

by Peter R. Mansoor
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Yale University Press
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Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

This compelling book presents an unparalleled record of what happened after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Army Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division—the “Ready First Combat Team”—describes his brigade’s first year in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer after the Ba’athists’ defeat to the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government a year later. Uniquely positioned to observe, record, and assess the events of that fateful year, Mansoor now explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency of unexpected strength and tenacity.

Drawing not only on his own daily combat journal but also on observations by embedded reporters, news reports, combat logs, archived e-mails, and many other sources, Mansoor offers a contemporary record of the valor, motivations, and resolve of the 1st Brigade and its attachments during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yet this book has a deeper significance than a personal memoir or unit history. Baghdad at Sunrise provides a detailed, nuanced analysis of U.S. counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, and along with it critically important lessons for America’s military and political leaders of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300158472
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Yale Library of Military History
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 700,636
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps     ix
Foreword   Donald Kagan   Frederick Kagan     xi
Preface     xv
Acknowledgments     xxiii
List of Abbreviations     xxv
Prologue: Adhamiya, April 7, 2004     1
Baghdad     7
Rusafa     33
"Bad Karmah"     85
Palm Groves and Blast Barriers     114
Ramadan     155
Adhamiya     188
New Year's Interlude     232
Winter in the Desert     242
Uprisings     277
Karbala     304
Transfer of Sovereignty     334
Reflections     341
Epilogue     353
E-mail to Dr. Conrad Crane, July 12, 2003     355
Notes     359
Index     367

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