Academic journal article Military Review

Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq

Academic journal article Military Review

Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq

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WARRIOR KING: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq, Nathan Sassaman with Joe Layden, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2008, 305 pages, $25.95.

This may not be the best book you will read, but it will probably be the book you will discuss the most this year. In Warrior King, Nate Sassaman and Joe Layden have written a controversial memoir of Sassaman's time as a battalion commander in Iraq. Sassaman received a letter of reprimand for lying about an incident involving men from his unit. He believes he and his men were made scapegoats by the military in light of the Abu Ghraib incident and this book outlines his case.

Warrior King is not short on opinion and raises some interesting issues. Sassaman's relationship with his brigade commander serves as the basis for the larger issue surrounding how to fight an insurgency. Sassaman firmly believes the U.S. is not winning, but merely trying not to lose the war in Iraq. Sassaman's philosophy on how to win stands in contrast to the Army's current ideas on winning the hearts and minds in an insurgency; he offers the results that his battalion achieved as an example. …

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