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Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004
by Dick Camp
In the spring and summer of 2004, Iraq was coming apart at the seams. Sectarian violence pitted Shiite against Sunni. American proconsul L. Paul Bremer had disbanded the Iraqi Army, placing disgruntled young men on the street without jobs or the prospect of getting one. Their anger developed into a full-blown insurgency fed by a relentless campaign by the clergy for jihad ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by Zenith Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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The year was 2004. During the spring and summer the Iraqi nation was overwhelmed with violence. The nation's Shiites and Sunnis headlined the sectarian fighting. The Army of Iraq had been disbanded by the United States Proconsul. The results of his actions were infusing a large number of angry young men into the streets of the population centers in Iraq. These men had no jobs skills, no jobs, and no prospects for employment. These men were literally angry in the streets. The clergy fueled their ...more
Just as he did in his previous book, Operation Phantom Fury, Camp has honored America's fighting Marines and soldiers with this detailed, gripping combat account. Camp is no stranger to research, and it shows in the depth of his coverage of one of the fiercest battles of the Iraq War. He also wisely uses first-hand accounts from the enlisted men and officers to tell the story in a "you are there" fashion -- a perspective that is always intriguing to me. Throw in the dozens of color photos throug ...more
Walk through the Wadi al-Salaam Cemetery with the Marines of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines as the clear the Mahdi Army tomb by tomb. Then follow the reinforcing battalions of the 1st Cavalry Division as they go back into the cemetery and through the streets of the city of Najaf destroying everything in their path. Be there when the commanders fight with the "desk jockies" back in Bagdad over the rules of engagement surrounding the Iman Ali Mosque. Melt under the 120 degree heat. The author puts you ...more
Colonel Dick Camp, a Purple Heart recipient, served 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 1988. Upon retirement he served as the Deputy Director, U.S. Marine Corps History Division and as the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Vice President for Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia. Currently residing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, he is the ...moreMore about Dick Camp...