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on 2 November 2008
Unlike some other reviewers, I found this book quite compelling. It is not a first hand account of the fighting, being more 'historical' in style. The one aspect it covers well is the coverage of the operational challenges associated with attacking unknown enemy deployments, coupled with the major issues surrounding a mass joint-operational invasion (linking U.S. and UK strategy and objectives). Having said that, it also provides comprehensive accounts of both the pre-invasion preparations and the intense fighting on the Al-Faw peninsula.
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on 29 August 2008
I'm about a third of the way through this book, but already a series of silly errors has spoiled what is an otherwise interesting book. Simple things like surnames not being capitalised makes me wonder if the text was proof-read, and the author seems to have done some shoddy research. For example, he places Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Scotland (it's actually in south-west Cornwall, so it's not like he's even close).

All in all, I get the feeling that the book was rushed into print for some reason, and can only hope that subsequent editions have these errors ironed out.
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on 15 September 2008
I found this book ok, if nothing special, when it stuck to describing the small part of the invasion of Iraq it covers. However, I felt it was let down by clunky writing and digressions into poor quality analysis. At times the author attempts to examine the wider historical and political context. This is done in a weak and shallow manner, passing off opionions as facts and not discussing counter arguments.

There are much better books on the Iraq conflict available.
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