Boots on the Ground

Boots on the Ground

A Month With the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq

Book - 2004
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A correspondent for The National Review describes his experiences as an embedded reporter with the 82nd Airborne Division, in a day-by-day journal that chronicles the events of the conflict in Iraq. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
Boots on the Ground is a riveting account of the war in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division as it convoys north from Kuwait to Iraq's Tallil Air Base en route to night-and-day battles within the major city of Samawah and its nearby bridges across the Euphrates. Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter who traveled with the 82nd, brilliantly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat. What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and field rations for weeks on end? Readers of this vivid day-to-day diary are left with not only a flashing sequence of strong mental images, but also a notion of the sounds and smells and physical sensations that make modern military action unforgettable.

Ultimately, Boots on the Ground is a human story: a moving portrayal of the powerful bonds of affection, trust, fear, and dedication that bind real soldiers involved in battle. This is a true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, often surpassing fiction for sheer drama.

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The author, a correspondent for "The National Review," describes his experiences as an embedded reporter with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312996086
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK 956.70443 Z66b
Characteristics: x, 213 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 17, 2017

A good read and view of the 82nd Airborne in 2003 from a reporters point of view.

May 16, 2011

This was quite an interesting read, if only because there are so few modern military histories. Yet, the all too modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan go on.
The best parts of the book, I thought, are the author's all too human reactions of the genteel 21st century American suddenly thrown into the violent feudal age of an unfolding battleground.
I found Zinmeister's protesting the lack of respect for America's soldiers a bit over the top.
Yet, I found myself whole-heartedly agreeing with so many of his basic premises.
(Besides, who knew that the so-called looting of the Baghad Museum is a myth?)
I enjoyed this book.


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