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Awakening Victory: How Iraqi Tribes and American Troops Reclaimed Al Anbar Province and Defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq
In August 2006, many senior U.S. officials thought America had lost the war in Iraq, as the senior U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer there wrote that control of al Anbar Province, the seat of the raging Sunni insurgency, was irrevocably lost to the insurgents. During that time, there were over 100 attacks per day against U.S. military and Iraqi forces in al Anbar, and ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published November 25th 2011 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
(first published October 1st 2011)
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Well written and complimentary to the author's own accomplishments. Very detailed for his portion of combat in Ramadi, he must have spent many hours while in Ramadi writing it. Awakening Victory falls short on the "big picture" and of the accomplishments of all involved - at least those that he deemed worthy enough to deserve "his praise". I am certainly not discounting the soldiers and Marines on the ground and engaged in combat accomplishments, but I certainly question the author's greatness.
Lt. Col. Michael E. Silverman (ret) is a political scientist and historian by education and has extensive experience in both warfare and Middle Eastern affairs, including a tour as an advisor to a Saudi Arabian infantry battalion in Riyadh. Silverman served a two-year detail to the Central Intelligence Agency at their Langley headquarters between his last two tours in Iraq. There he was privy to t ...more