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Excellent, No-Nonsense Account of Iraq following the "End of Major Ground Combat"31 août 2008
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I am an Army historian who has accessed many, if not most, of the existing (and they are relatively few) records pertaining to the Ready First Brigade Combat Team's operations in Iraq during the period discussed in this book. Therefore, I can set the "bar" a bit higher when it comes to informed analysis of the book's value. I am also acquainted with an extremely candid and capable senior non-commissioned officer from Colonel Mansoor's Brigade Reconnaissance Troop who interacted with the author on a daily basis during the 1st BCT's deployment in Iraq. If my friend did not believe that Colonel Mansoor was an effective combat leader, he would have told me so in no uncertain terms. Quite the contrary, Colonel Mansoor was a well-respected and credible leader who "figured out" what was happening long before other commanders.
All professional affilitations aside, this review represents my personal opinion. That said, I believe Colonel Mansoor has produced a forthright, factual, and valuable narrative of his experiences in the tumultuous months following the fall of Sadaam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
A respected historian prior to assuming brigade command, Colonel Mansoor took it upon himself to record each day's events in a notebook for posterity's sake. He does not rely solely on his memory, media reports, or the recollections of others. This fact alone sets his account apart from other OIF related personal accounts. His book is even more important given the relative lack of historical material, when compared to later OIF deployments, on the operations conducted by 1st Armored Division during the period 2003 - 2004.
If Mansoor has an unstated agenda, it is a subtle one focused on educating our nation's future political and military leadership. He is not trying to rehabilitate the public's perceptions of his actions in Iraq. Indeed, his candor and objectivity are very refreshing in comparison to other books covering that same period which I have recently read.
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Opened My Eyes2 septembre 2008
James A. Gray IV
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My father-in-law received an advanced copy of Baghdad at Sunrise as a gift from the author. I began reading it with many questions about the handling of the Iraq War mixed with extreme respect for our nation's armed services. I am a lifetime civilian with very little exposure to military history and tactics, yet couldn't put the book down while learning a ton about what are servicemen and women have accomplished in their time in Iraq.
Col. Mansoor's book is a great mixture of military theory, Islamic history and cultural anthropology, all thrown into a personal account of his personal goals and associated challenges. I can't began to list off everything I learned and truthfully believe it would be great for everyone from military historians to those with no knowledge of military tactics and jargon (like yours truly).
On a separate note, I just finished two years of business school with a number of former officers who served in our nation's War on Terror. Reading this book left me with a clear picture of what life on the frontlines is really like, as well as a new appreciation for their hard work and sacrifice. I will hopefully be at the USMA in a few weeks to see a classmate and close friend of mine who is now a West Point professor. Although it may embarrass him in front of new colleagues, he will be getting a hug and a sincere 'thank you' from a friend whose freedom and safety he risked so much for.
Colonel Mansoor, thank you for such an enlightening read. My best for you and your family (Jana, the children and even the dogs) in the future.
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Excellent recount of our time in Baghdad.24 septembre 2008
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Awesome book by an excellent Commander. Ready 6 takes the reader in a journey through the BCT's intense and extended deployment to Baghdad during the crawling stages of the war (2003-2004). The historical facts in this book help you understand the complexity of the situation, both leaders and Soldiers were faced with on a daily basis. His detailed narrative portrays without a doubt, the BCT's combat and civil operations. Colonel Mansoor also addresses full spectrum operations and the reorganization of the armed forces to better suit its current and future counterinsurgency operations abroad. As an OIF veteran and a proud member of this fine Brigade Combat Team during this and its subsequent deployment (2006-2007), I recommend this book, especially to fellow veterans and deployed service members.
T.H. Berrios SFC, USA Provider One November (2003-2007)
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Balanced and authentic19 octobre 2008
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I have attempted to read many accounts of the war in Iraq, but most begin with either the agenda of criticism and blame, or cheer-leading. This account is a clinical, unvarnished report describes mistakes, dreadful decisions as well as extraordinary heroism and Sisyphean diligence. The adaptive insight and creativity of the troops "on the ground" is remarkable. The breadth of Mansoor's experience, honesty, explanation and detail provides a glimpse into the complexity of Baghdad after the invasion. This book should be required reading for all government officials, including the presidential candidates, regardless of opinion, political party or past positions on the reasons for the war.
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The View From The Top18 février 2009
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As other reviewers have noted, this is unapologetically the narrative of Colonel Peter Mansoor. This is not a book about the 1st Armor Division's 1st "Ready" Brigade Combat Team. This is not a book about the American occupation of Iraq. Anyone looking to further existing knowledge of either will be disappointed - however, this is an excellent entry point for someone beginning to explore the complex nature of Iraq.
Colonel Mansoor has given a very honest account of his service during one of the darkest periods of Iraq; the beginning of not only the insurgency, but also the disillusionment with Operation Iraqi Freedom in the eyes of the American public. Undoubtedly, this book will serve as an often cited source for future analysis.
However, the book makes no apologies about its perspective. This is the war as seen by a Brigade Commander. Notably, one who is well educated, experienced and with the best of intentions. And there in lies the flaw - how reliable is the narrative as a first person source? At times, the memoir of Peter Mansoor becomes the epic of Ready 6. A characteristic that distinguishes the best of military memoirs is the ability to divorce the individual from his position; being a witness instead of a biographer. This memoir gives descriptions in spades, but the analysis is sparse.
There is a lot of "I" and "me" in this book - something that will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows. This becomes problematic if you intend to use this book for military scholarship rather than general information. The Brigade Staff is relegated to the role of comic relief; their only mention comes from quips and gallows humor. The Division Headquarters is always the foil, the subordinate commanders are always students. Colonel Mansoor never misses an opportunity to drop a name - former comrades and classmates get print even when it doesn't serve the narrative. At times it is appropriate, but a strange contrast compared to the lack of attention provided to other individuals he interacts with daily who are only mentioned as pronouns.
Perhaps most frustrating is the way that certain issues surface, but are not elaborated on. Colonel Mansoor talks of his personal sympathy for the Palestinian people but fails to apply that perspective to the tactics he uses which are similar to the ones that make the Israeli Army so vilified. Likewise, given the criticism of Commanders in Vietnam for coordinating battles from the air rather than the ground, more insight into his process of selecting that method would be helpful for researchers. He intentionally isolates himself in a tent for his living quarters and develops PTSD symptoms, but gives no comment on what he learned from the experience or if he would have done anything different. The scope of this book limits his ability to expand on these, and other, fascinating issues. He is certainly more than qualified to speak to them and at times (especially in the "Reflections" section), deep insights leap from the page. It's a horrible missed opportunity that more of these "big rocks" aren't elaborated on.
One hopes that future additions will incorporate updates from the author as the situation in Iraq changes - perhaps a completely revised edition once the war is over. Additional commentary by subordinates -as a prologue or annex - would also be a welcome addition. Of course, the ultimate supplement would be commentary by the Commander who assumed responsibility for the sectors Colonel Mansoor writes about. A epilogue detailing what happened to the Iraqis Colonel Mansoor names would also be appropriate - and almost necessary.
The story and perspective are amazing; there is no doubt that this account needed to be written. Undoubtedly Colonel Mansoor will expand the body of his work through his new career in higher education. His credentials as a soldier are flawless - hopefully his legacy as an author will become just as polished.