McCoy's Marines

McCoy's Marines

Darkside to Baghdad

eBook - 2009
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San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman was embedded in the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, during the most recent war in Iraq. He enjoyed a close working relationship with the CO, the battalion sergeant major, and several other members of the battalion. This didn't destroy his ability to distance himself from aspects of the military that he never liked, or from political judgments on the war. The combination of embedding and prior service did give him a rare perspective on the gritty (literally, when a sandstorm blew up) details of ground combat in Iraq and how the modern American marine relates to his buddies, his enemies, and his family back home. The conclusion of the book offers equally rare material on the nation-building efforts that continue, with sympathy for both the U.S. military and most shades of Iraqi opinion.—ALABooklist



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In this reprint from 2004, Koopman, a former Marine and reporter covering the Iraq War for the San Francisco Chronicle, follows the efforts of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy (call sign Darkside) in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The story includes an account of Koopman's own enlistment and beginning's in journalism. He then traces the battalion's preparation, training, and journey fighting across Iraq into Baghdad, where they pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein. There is no index. Zenith Press is an imprint of Quayside Publishing. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Mbi Pub Co

San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman was embedded in the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, during the most recent war in Iraq. He enjoyed a close working relationship with the CO, the battalion sergeant major, and several other members of the battalion. This didn't destroy his ability to distance himself from aspects of the military that he never liked, or from political judgments on the war. The combination of embedding and prior service did give him a rare perspective on the gritty (literally, when a sandstorm blew up) details of ground combat in Iraq and how the modern American marine relates to his buddies, his enemies, and his family back home. The conclusion of the book offers equally rare material on the nation-building efforts that continue, with sympathy for both the U.S. military and most shades of Iraqi opinion.—ALA Booklist



Publisher: Minneapolis : Zenith Press, 2009, ©2004
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9781616732769
1616732768
9780760337387
0760337381
9780760320884
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps

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