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The Resource Nightcap at dawn : American soldiers' counterinsurgency in Iraq, J.B. Walker

Nightcap at dawn : American soldiers' counterinsurgency in Iraq, J.B. Walker

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Nightcap at dawn : American soldiers' counterinsurgency in Iraq
Title
Nightcap at dawn
Title remainder
American soldiers' counterinsurgency in Iraq
Statement of responsibility
J.B. Walker
Title variation
Nightcap at dawn
Title variation remainder
American soldiers counterinsurgency in Iraq
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Language
eng
Summary
A group of US soldiers emailed their observations and experiences from Iraq and their candid opinions on fighting an insurgency. This book is the result
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Review
  • This tome of the tactics, true stories, and "hallucination(s)" of fighting a counterinsurgency war in Iraq was anonymously penned by a group of American soldiers, but despite its serviceman pedigree, the book lacks the narrative structure to become more than a practical primer for a war from which the U.S. has already withdrawn. There are some compelling first-hand des criptions of grisly conflict, the psychomechanics of parsing a loquacious local businessman from a potential enemy fighter, and ideologues competing like corporate franchises, but the book sorely misses the hand of an editor. Anecdotes ranging from soldiers bribing prostitutes for information pertaining to their clientele to tales of informants on the brink are dropped flat without conclusions, and an engaging gallows humor is subsumed by a tone that is as bone-dry as a PowerPoint presentation, flow charts and all. The overview of Iraq's slippery sectarian "soup sandwich" can be fascinating, but a surfeit of general information and lack of a cohesive narrative thread will make this book appeal primarily to hardcore military historians. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed April 23, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 17, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Iraq war experiences from those who were there. "Sgt. J.B. Walker," the "author" of this absorbing, dramatically vivid chronicle, is a pen-named collective effort by American soldiers fighting in Iraq. Originally self-published, the narrative is comprised of candid e-mails assembled once the group returned to American soil and encompasses much more than its original intent to detail "the simple charms of soldiering." With exacting scrutiny, many of the unnamed authors share the stark realities and myriad complications of counterinsurgency efforts. Each of the six sections delves deeply into the multilayered aspects of military duty: the culture shock from intercepting violence (while expressing good intentions) to the citizens of a predominantly foreign society, soldiering with a concussion, profiling jihadist militants, the inexplicability of suicide bombing and the silent suffering of innocent Iraqi women and children. Most affective are the personal accounts, ranging from the poignant to the humorous. Individual narration of violent conflicts and meticulously rendered scenes of armed tactical maneuvering are tempered by the soldiers' first-person depiction of fearless Iraqi civilians demonstrating resistance to cutthroat guerrilla movements. Expertly archived and originally written for military audiences, this confluence of warfare experiences is sure to garner widespread attention, with the publishing proceeds directed to charities serving military families, "the unacknowledged soldiers of any war." A bracing cooperative effort taking readers as close to war as humanly possible.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012)
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BTCTA
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Walker, J. B
Dewey number
956.7044/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
U241
LC item number
.W35 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Counterinsurgency
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • United States
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American soldiers' counterinsurgency in Iraq
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Nightcap at dawn : American soldiers' counterinsurgency in Iraq, J.B. Walker
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"These experiences, impressions, imaginations, and hallucinations were compiled by a group of enlisted Airborne Infantrymen, with the help of many friends and colleagues. The opinions, assessments, and conclusions are our own and do not represent the views of our chain of command or the United States Army."
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Encounters -- Into the labyrinth : understanding insurgency on the ground -- Children of Gebelawi : inside Sunni and Kurdish insurgencies -- Arabian nights and days : inside the Shia insurgency -- Retrospective : a few simple suggestions -- Epilogue : more scattered crumbs
Control code
865810
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 559 pages
Isbn
9781616086176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781616086176
  • (OCoLC)759908860
Label
Nightcap at dawn : American soldiers' counterinsurgency in Iraq, J.B. Walker
Publication
Copyright
Note
"These experiences, impressions, imaginations, and hallucinations were compiled by a group of enlisted Airborne Infantrymen, with the help of many friends and colleagues. The opinions, assessments, and conclusions are our own and do not represent the views of our chain of command or the United States Army."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Encounters -- Into the labyrinth : understanding insurgency on the ground -- Children of Gebelawi : inside Sunni and Kurdish insurgencies -- Arabian nights and days : inside the Shia insurgency -- Retrospective : a few simple suggestions -- Epilogue : more scattered crumbs
Control code
865810
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 559 pages
Isbn
9781616086176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781616086176
  • (OCoLC)759908860

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