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This compelling book presents an unparalleled record of what happened after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Army Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division the Ready First Combat Team” describes his brigade’s first year in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer after the Ba’athists’ defeat to the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government a year later. Uniquely positioned to observe, record, and assess the events of that fateful year, Mansoor now explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency of unexpected strength and tenacity.
Drawing not only on his own daily combat journal but also on observations by embedded reporters, news reports, combat logs, archived e-mails, and many other sources, Mansoor offers a contemporary record of the valor, motivations, and resolve of the 1st Brigade and its attachments during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yet this book has a deeper significance than a personal memoir or unit history. Baghdad at Sunrise provides a detailed, nuanced analysis of U.S. counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, and along with it critically important lessons for America’s military and political leaders of the twenty-first century.
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A conversation with Peter Mansoor...
Q: Why did you decide to write a book about your experiences in Iraq?
A: My intention early on was to keep a daily journal as a personal memoir for my family. After some reflection, I decided that a book-length manuscript could fill a broader need by explaining what went right and wrong in Iraq during the crucial first year after the fall of Baghdad in 2003. A significant void exists in the history of the war, a genre currently filled by works written by reporters and senior public figures on the one hand, and personal memoirs written by relatively junior officers and soldiers on the other. By explaining the conflict from the perspective of a senior commander who served in Iraq, Baghdad at Sunrise fills a critical gap in the public’s understanding of the war.
Q: What unique perspectives do you bring to the history of the Iraq War?
A: My role as a brigade combat team commander has given me a unique perspective on and key insight into the execution of counterinsurgency operations. Iraq is in many important respects a brigade commander’s war. My position gave me a glimpse into the workings of strategic decision-making in the Green Zone, along with a visceral feel for what was happening on the streets of Baghdad. My education as a historian helped me to put the events I witnessed into perspective and to understand their significance in the broader sweep of time.
Q: What impact do you hope Baghdad at Sunrise will have?
A: My goal in writing Baghdad at Sunrise was to give the public a better idea of what happened on the ground in Iraq in the year after the fall of Baghdad, along with providing lessons for the future as the United States and its allies continue the struggle in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. A lot has been written about our political and strategic failings, but the story of U.S. Army operations in Iraq has been told mainly through the eyes of people outside the institution. My hope is that the book is also a good read not just a story worth telling, but a story well told.About the Author:
Peter R. Mansoor is the General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, Ohio State University. A recently retired U.S. Army colonel, he served as executive officer to Commanding General David H. Petraeus, Multi-National Force–Iraq (2007–8); as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Group that proposed the surge strategy in Iraq (2006); as founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center (2006); and as Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in Baghdad (2003–4). He lives in Columbus, OH.
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