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Dawn Over Baghdad : How the U.S. Military Is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq - Karl Zinsmeister

Dawn Over Baghdad

How the U.S. Military Is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq

Paperback Published: 1st August 2005
ISBN: 9781594030901
Number Of Pages: 237

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THIS IS A COMPLETELY FRESH, close-up look at the guerilla struggle in Iraq. It is built on weeks spent re-embedded with U.S. soldiers in the most dangerous parts of the Sunni Triangle in early 2004, direct polling of Iraqis, and unmatched reporting on combat raids, interrogations, daily diplomacy, and reconstruction heroics. It follows the author's "Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq," which was the first book from an embedded reporter describing the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Gripping, perceptive, funny, and bluntly honest, "Boots" became the most popular chronicle of the hot war in Iraq. Now Karl Zinsmeister has again beaten the pack with this groundbreaking sequel on the counterinsurgency phase of the war. This is a powerful, cliché-smashing, up-to-the-minute report on America's most urgent national struggle, as seen through the eyes of ordinary Iraqis and the U.S. servicemen doing today's dirty work. "Dawn Over Baghdad" takes you into Iraq's urban neighborhoods, rural villages, and guerilla snake pits, and shows exactly how young American soldiers are quietly but inexorably choking off a terrorist insurrection and planting the seeds (sometimes at great personal cost) of a dramatically different Middle East. Zinsmeister brings home a fascinating, intimate, and insightful story missed by the major media: With the quiet cooperation of millions of everyday Iraqis, the U.S. is approaching something historic -- success in a tough guerilla war. Includes a 32-page section of color photos taken by the author.

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xiii
Introduction: America's Warrior Classp. 1
Trooper Talentp. 3
Yes Men, Nop. 6
Citizen Soldiersp. 9
Military Culturep. 13
Crackdownp. 20
Fighting Fire with Firep. 23
Strike, Counterstrikep. 27
Security Blanketp. 30
The Reconstruction Businessp. 35
Imam Troublesp. 38
Cordon and Searchp. 44
Walking a Tightropep. 48
Fixer Fightersp. 51
Democracy Schoolp. 56
Reading the Riot Actp. 59
Sheikdownp. 61
Seeds of Democracyp. 64
The Self-Rule Revolutionp. 66
The Upside of Iraq's Divisionsp. 68
Learning to Like Shiitesp. 73
What Ordinary Iraqis Wantp. 77
No Need for Nightmaresp. 82
The Un-Fanaticsp. 86
Unpopular Insurgentsp. 89
The Character Testp. 95
Look to Washington, Not D.C.p. 98
The Responsibility Gapp. 101
Politics and Religionp. 103
Individual Scruples, Collective Successp. 105
The Power of Linked Armsp. 108
Military-Industrial Complexp. 112
Our Needle-Nose Syndromep. 114
The War on Choppersp. 117
Bricks and Mortarp. 119
Getting Babylon Back in Businessp. 122
In the Armored Carpoolp. 125
Duel in the Artillery Factoryp. 127
Market Jittersp. 129
Power to the Peoplep. 131
Iraqi Importsp. 134
Weapons Scientists in Watertownp. 136
Guerilla Lessonsp. 138
Following the Infantryp. 139
Lots of Fighting Leftp. 143
New Bloodp. 149
Balancing the Hard and the Softp. 152
Avoiding Dependencyp. 156
Here We Comep. 161
Raiding the Raidersp. 165
Dreamlandp. 168
In the Snake Pitp. 171
Walking Fallujahp. 173
Can We Afford It?p. 176
Thanks for Nothingp. 179
New Friends for Oldp. 182
What It Takes To Winp. 186
Hard-Fought Victoryp. 191
The Propaganda Shopp. 195
Coming Homep. 199
Undodgeable Realityp. 201
The Struggle of Willsp. 204
Author's Note: The Media Warp. 211
Why Iraq?p. 219
Negativity Without Balancep. 222
Distortion Dangersp. 226
Life on Uranusp. 229
They Report, They Decide?p. 234
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ISBN: 9781594030901
ISBN-10: 1594030901
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 237
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 18.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41