No True Glory

No True Glory

A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah

Book - 2005
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"This is the face of war as only those who have fought it can describe it."–Senator John McCain

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.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at the events, personalities, and political maneuvering of the struggle to establish peace in Fallujah, following strategy discussions between military officers, dangerous night patrols with the U.S. Marines, and peace negotiations.

& Taylor

A former U.S. Marine and award-winning author of provides a firsthand account of American forces and their operations inside and around the insurgent Iraqi stronghold of Fallujah, drawing on interviews with senior officials and frontline troops to describe the bitter fighting for control of the city. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780553804027
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 West 2005
Characteristics: xvi, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered p.of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 20, 2012

Although written by a former Marine, Bing West has done an excellent job of attempting to sort through the confusing politics of Iraq and especially Fallujah. The book shows why politicians should let the decision making to the Commanders on the ground and not by politicians. America's attempt to let Fallujah rule itself for six months only cost more brave young marine lives.

Aug 25, 2010

The Battle for Fallujah was, and may still be controversial. This veteran journalist is able to explain why the controversy occurred, why Fallujah had to be cleared of extremists, and the amazing courage of the American soldiers who clear\ed it, block by block.


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