Monday, May 05, 2008

Iraq War Bibliography (2003-2008)

I thought our readers might like to take a look at a list of books that I myself have read about Operation Iraqi Freedom and what has followed since then over the last five years. Here they are in order of year of publication:

2003

Christopher Cerf and Micah L. Sifray, The Iraq War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions.
Ray L. Smith and Bing West, The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the First Marine Division.
Bill Katorsky and Timothy Carlson, Embedded: The Media at War.
Karl Zinsmeister, Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq.
Salam Pax, Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi.
Anne Garrels, Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR's Correspondent.
Williamson Murray and Robert Scales, The Iraq War: A Military History.
Paul McGeough, In Baghdad: A Reporter's War.

2004

Rick Atkinson, In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat.
David Zucchino, Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad.
John Keegan, The Iraq War.
Evan Wright, Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War.
Karl Zinsmeister, Dawn Over Baghdad: How the U.S. Military is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq.
Jon Lee Anderson, The Fall of Baghdad.
Steven Vincent, In the Red Zone: A Journey into the Soul of Iraq.

2005

Capt. Jason Conroy and Ron Martz, Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad.
John Coopman, McCoy's Marines: Darkside to Baghdad.
Yaroslav Trofimov, Faith at War: A Journey to the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.
Riverbend, Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq.
Anthony Shadid, Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War.
George Packer, Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq.
Bing West, No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle of Fallujah.
Colby Buzzel, My War: Killing Time in Iraq.
Nathanial Fick, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine.
Matthew Bogdanos, Thieves of Baghdad.

2006

Jackie Spinner and Jenny Spinner, Tell Them I Didn't Cry.
Michael Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor, Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
Nir Rosen, In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq.
Fouad Ajami, The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq.
Thomas Ricks, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.
Ray LeMoine, Jeff Newmann, and Donovan Webster, Babylon by Bus.
Jo Wilding, Don't Shoot the Clowns: Taking a Circus to the Real Iraq.
Riverbend, Baghdad Burning II: More Girl Blog from Iraq.
Rajiv Chandresekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
Patrick O'Donnell, We Were One.

2007

Ian Kraus, Elvis is Titanic: Classroom Tales from the Other Iraq.
David Bellavia, House to House: An Epic Memoir of War.
Dahr Jamail, Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.
Mike Hoyt and John Palattello (eds.), Reporting Iraq: An Oral History of the War by the Journalists Who Covered It.
Ashley Gilbertson, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer's Chronicle of the Iraq War.

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There are probably a few books that I read but have forgotten about. But of these that I do recall reading, each of them offers the reader a unique view on the story of Iraqis and Americans meeting in Iraq in the past five years. A single book, of course, cannot tell the whole story. But by reading a wide range of sources we can approach something like a more complete understanding of what happened and why it happened that way.

Here are six books that I found both the best written and most engaging:

David Zucchino, Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad.
Evan Wright, Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War.
Jon Lee Anderson, The Fall of Baghdad.
Steven Vincent, In the Red Zone: A Journey into the Soul of Iraq.
Anthony Shadid, Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War.
David Bellavia, House to House: An Epic Memoir of War.

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