Chasing Ghosts by Paul Rieckhoff
Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective

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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.

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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.
Published May 2, 2006 by NAL. 356 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The blunt force of Rieckhoff's observations, his.

Dec 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Chasing Ghosts: Failures and ...

Daily Kos

Oddly, Kerry knowing more about this - investigating the Pakistani network that built their bomb was on Kerry's list of things left to do whan his BCCI invetigation was ended - may have made him know that it was impossible to rule out without inspections the possibility that someone known to want...

Oct 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Chasing Ghosts: Failures and ...

Daily Kos

What gives Rieckhoff's observations their power - above and beyond his command of the language - is his ability to tie his immediate experiences to a larger view of history, current foreign policy and popular culture than can be expected from the average recruit in this volunteer army.

Sep 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Chasing Ghosts: Failures and ...

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk agrees, writing, "Chasing Ghosts gives us the best reporting to come out of the Iraq War -- possibly the best reporting to emerge from any war.

May 04 2006 | Read Full Review of Chasing Ghosts: Failures and ...

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