Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective
New American Library, Paperback, 9780451221216, 326pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
As a First Lieutenant and Infantry Platoon Leader for the U.S. Army National Guard, Paul Rieckhoff was charged with leading thirty-eight men in Iraq. He spent almost a year in one of the bloodiest and most volatile areas of Baghdad. And when he finally came home, he vowed to tell Americans the harrowing truth. He does just that, uncensored and unrehearsed, "and with wit and passion" (Arianna Huffington), in "Chasing Ghosts"-the first criticism of the Iraq war written by a soldier who fought in it.
About the Author
Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and executive director of Operation Truth-an advocacy group for soldiers and returning war veterans-enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 1998. After transferring to the New York Army National Guard, he graduated from Officer Candidate School in June 2001. He began Infantry Officers Basic Course at Fort Benning in February 2002, graduated in June, and immediately volunteered for active duty. He was called to Iraq in January 2003.