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A captivating mix of frontline action and politics
on 20 July 2012
I got this knowing very little of the events of and surrounding the fighting in Fallujah and West's book has more than corrected the gaps in my knowledge. As an ex-Marine, he clearly has an affinity for the troops he writes about, and the book is probably at its best when he is describing the combat experiences of the soldiers. However, West does not neglect the political context, as he also conveys the disconnect between the multiple and at times conflicting political interest groups involved, both back in the USA as well as in Iraq. A few maps would have been useful to get a sense of the geography (Google Maps came in handy), but otherwise this comes highly recommended.