A Soldier's Dream by William Doyle
Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq

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For six months in 2006, a charismatic young U.S. Army captain and Arab linguist named Travis Patriquin unleashed a diplomatic and cultural charm offensive upon the Sunni Arab sheiks of Anbar province, the heart of darkness of the Iraqi insurgency. He galvanized American support for the “Sunni Awakening,” the tribal revolt against Al Qaeda that spread through the province and eventually across Iraq, a turning point that led to dramatically lower levels of violence in the country.
The Awakening may not have succeeded without Patriquin, who was so beloved by Iraqis that they adopted him into their tribes and loved him as a brother. This is the true story of a man who loved Iraq, and a soldier who helped engineer the turning point of the Iraq War.
It is the story of America’s T.E. Lawrence—Travis Patriquin.

About William Doyle

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Montel Williams is an Emmy® Award-winning talk show host and New York Times bestselling author of Climbing Higher and Mountain, Get Out of My Way. William Doyle is an award-winning writer.
Published June 7, 2011 by NAL. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Courting him with hours of “man-kissing” and tea drinking, Patriquin convinced him of the value of building a police recruiting effort, and the word spread from sheik to sheik: “It was time to switch sides and join the Iraqi police.” American forces sweetened the deal by offering security and cas...

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Travis Patriquin and Sheik Sattar abu Risha were major figures in the amazingly quick evolution of Iraq's Anbar province from a "lost cause" Al Qaeda stronghold in 2006 to a shining example by mid-2007 of the U.S. military and Sunni tribes teaming up to thwart the insurgency.

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