Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective

Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective

by Paul Rieckhoff
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Chasing Ghosts: A Soldier's Fight for America from Baghdad to Washington 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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This is a brilliantly written book that describes, in bluntly accurate and contemporay style, what our combat troops see and feel while in Iraq. It also describes the hardships they must endure serving our country far away from home. The author should get a book award for this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
LT. Reickhoff is a Patriot. He went to Iraq to do a job, and he did the best that he could, despite both the horrors of war and the indifference from all those who were supposed to be supporting him. His (justified) bitterness is not only toward the incorrect info that led us to this war, but also a society that appears to have largely forgotten about those who returned from Iraq only to face new challenges in putting their own lives back together. Reickhoff is a Real American Hero-for his actions abroad AND at home. This book should be Required Reading for everyone who supported going into Iraq from the safety and comfort of their living rooms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, well written, obviously true story from a soldier who was not afraid to tell the truth of what is really happening in Iraq. I give him a tremendous amount of credit for his candid portrayal of what is really going on there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received a review copy of this book and was blown away by it. It really opened my eyes to what's going on over in Iraq. Rieckhoff gives a gritty account of the conditions the American soldiers are facing over there, and it's not pretty. It's a powerful book and a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On May 1, 2003, President Bush announced an end to major combat operations in Iraq. That very same day, Paul Rieckhoff and thirty-eight US soldiers under his command were ordered into Baghdad. Ten months later, thirty-seven of them left. And now, two years after coming home, Rieckoff has written an honest, blunt and highly accessible account of his experiences. _Chasing Ghosts_ will terrify and nauseate you, piss you off and give you hope. It reads like _The Things They Carried_, and Rieckhoff may well be this generation¿s Tim O¿Brien. I don¿t say that lightly. If you are a soldier headed to Baghdad, _Chasing Ghosts_ will let you know what to expect. If you are a policymaker, this book will tell you what mistakes have been made, and how some of them may yet be solved. If you¿re a civilian, this book will give you a street-to-street view of what life is like in post-invasion Iraq. Spoiler: it¿s not pretty. Whoever you are, and whatever your stance vis-à-vis this war, you should read _Chasing Ghosts_. This book will change you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rieckhoff¿s `Chasing Ghosts¿ is about the Truth. The truth of what it was really like leading a platoon of 38 men during the occupation of Baghdad ¿ after the president declared ¿Mission Accomplished¿. The truth of how politicians are running the war instead of generals ¿ leaving our troops under-manned, under-equipped and inadequately supported. Rieckhoff¿s recounting of events is written in a true soldier¿s style ¿ matter of fact, gritty and unabridged. He tells what it was like getting through the day-to-day, their humanitarian efforts, moments of sheer terror during fire fights, searching buildings, going on patrols with insurgents shooting at them and the ever present roadside bombs and mines. He puts you right there in Baghdad with the 3ID. You feel the grittiness of the ever present sand, smell the sweat, experience their frustrations, and feel the fear and anger during times of action. When Rieckhoff finally returns home, he finds that re-adjusting to civilian life a real challenge ¿ hating people for their normalcy and angered that no one seems aware that there¿s a war on where young American men and women are dying every day. He feels that the government treats our soldiers as something expendable, and has not been truthful with the American people about the war. He calls the government to task ¿ starting with the President himself. I¿ve learned more about the war in Iraq from reading `Chasing Ghosts¿ than I have watching and hearing what our politicians and media have been feeding us for the past three years. If you want a real inside look of what is happening in Iraq, our governments approach to it and our military system - read Paul Reickhoff¿s `Chasing Ghosts¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. A true day to day account of one soldiers fight 'from Baghdad to Washington'. AND, he is still fighting. Paul Rieckhoff is a young, valiant American fighting for soldiers rights. God Bless Him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Rieckhoff's, Chasing Ghost, will overwhelm reader's senses with his brutal honesty about his tour of duty in Iraq. He and his troops are in a war which has been long forgotten by the American people moreover, the US Government. A war justified for all the wrong reasons. With outdated equipment, the lack of supplies, inferior intelligence information from both the locals and superior officers along with trying to understand a culture so different than any of his men have ever seen, it becomes a minute-by-minute battle of their own to stay alive and survive while trying to protect the citizens of Baghdad. Lieutenant Paul Rieckhoff's battle is not just against the enemy, but also with his superior¿s. His simple and logical requests continue to be ignored. His experiences in Iraq follow him home. Paul Rieckhoff's cannot ignore what he left behind and what is still going on in Iraq, so he begins to speak out. Not against war, but about the trust he had in our government when he volunteered to go to Iraq and the politics for why this war is still ongoing and forgotten. However, Paul Rieckhoff's book will not let us forget about this war. He speaks for so many, even the veterans returning for the forgotten war. If one truly wants to know what is really going on in Iraq, then read: Chasing Ghosts: A Soldier's Fight for America from Baghdad to Washington. Paul Rieckhoff is the founder of IAVA.org - an organization to support U.S. veterans of the Afghan and Iraq. He frequently writes for online for Huffingtonpost.com and is dedicated to revising old school politics and keeping the war in Iraq in the forefront so Americans will not forget our soldiers are still in Iraq . . . chasing ghosts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Ghosts is an insightful look into what American soldiers are dealing with on a day to day basis fighting in Iraq. It is a first hand description of how misguided President Bush was in going into war, and his deception to the American people regarding his reasons for war. Paul Rieckhoff offer us a glimpse into a war that the media doesn't offer. This book is for anyone, regardless of their position on Iraq, to gain a better understanding of what our troops are dealing with.