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Fallujah: Iraq's most dangerous city unexpectedly emerged as the major battleground of the Iraqi insurgency. For 20 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.
©2005 Bing West (P)2005 Books on Tape
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By Matt on 01-05-11

70% Political 30% Action

This book gets 3 stars from me because it talks alot more politics and policy than true grit. I'm like more of a small unit day to day operations listener and this book doesn't cover alot of that. I think it would be a good listen for folks that like a "big picture" type story.

But thats just my opinion.

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By Todd on 12-06-05

This is a must read book!

If you are as sick as I am of the press not providing adequate coverage of the heros still fighting in Iraq today, then you must read this book! It is well written and well read. Well worth purchasing.

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By Sean on 04-20-13

A lot of infomation

Great book, has some great detail, It show you how gritty this battle was in some places.

Gives you the side of the men that had to assault the city after they (insurgents) had time to prepare, tells you about command and higher ups that failed the Marines that paid dearly for there inaction. If your into war books with information and first had accounts this is a great listen.

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By Peter on 09-01-10

History Lesson

Sorry but I just could not get into this book. Persevered for 2 hours then skipped to middle to see if it improved. It was like being in a lecture room listening to a dull subject given by an equally dull lecturer although I can't blame the narrator for the material he was given. One for the historians perhaps.

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By Jeff P on 04-17-15

A story that needed telling.

Well told and read. a comprehensive view of Iraq in the post invasion period.
how decisions made by politicians and diplomats ignore those that know better.
the facts are enlivened with accounts of conflicts about real soldiers and mot just pieces on a board.
a great story.

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