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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (588 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bing West Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fallujah: Iraq’s most dangerous city unexpectedly emerged as the major battleground of the Iraqi insurgency. For twenty months, one American battalion after another tried to quell the violence, culminating in a bloody, full-scale assault. Victory came at a terrible price: 151 Americans and thousands of Iraqis were left dead.

The epic battle for Fallujah revealed the startling connections between policy and combat that are a part of the new reality of war.

The Marines had planned to slip into Fallujah as soft as fog. But after four American contractors were brutally murdered, President Bush ordered an attack on the city against the advice of the Marines. The assault sparked a political firestorm, and the Marines were forced to withdraw amid controversy and confusion only to be ordered a second time to take a city that had become an inferno of hate and the lair of the archterrorist al-Zarqawi.

Based on months spent with the battalions in Fallujah and hundreds of interviews at every level senior policymakers, negotiators, generals, and soldiers and Marines on the front lines No True Glory is a testament to the bravery of the American soldier and a cautionary tale about the complex and often costly interconnected roles of policy, politics, and battle in the twenty-first century.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by kislam | 2/17/2014

    " A gritty story of what the Marines who cleared Fallujah went through. It shows what courage and tenacity can accomplish in the face of extreme danger. I read this book while in North Carolina and in Kuwait mobilizing for a deployment to Iraq, and the book helped me keep my experiences in perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pat | 1/23/2014

    " I was there for part of this battle (in 2004). This book details all the battles surrounding what was once the most dangerous city in Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Moominboy | 1/17/2014

    " A treat for history/military buffs but thriller lovers will be disappointed. It's a straight-forward and detailed account of a modern close quarters battle. The strategic and political aspects of the battle are only mentioned shortly. But for those that want to learn about chaos and bravery in a modern battle it's a gem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chrissy | 1/16/2014

    " This book was a good account of the battle for Fallujah. I enjoyed the fact that it mixed a look into the higher command and political aspects along with a look into the frontline men and events. In my opinion that is the ideal style because it gives you the context and reasons why everything is happening while also giving you an inside look into the "trenches" that humanizes the events. The maps and outline of people involved were useful references to go back to while reading. This was an easy to read account that conveyed the events and their significance well, but it did lack a certain pop in my opinion that would have merited 5 stars. Nonetheless it is a strong 4 star read, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the battle. "

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