Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq
Peter R. Mansoor. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 416 pp. Illus. App. Notes. $28.
This volume gives us a stirring account of events that occurred after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Colonel Mansoor, then-commander of the 1st Brigade of the Army's 1st Armored Division, describes his unit's first year in Iraq, from the defeat of the Ba'athists and the transfer of authority to the formation of an interim Iraqi government.
Mansoor presents his own detailed combat journal and stories from a wealth of other sources, including the observations of embedded reporters, archived e-mails, and combat logs, to tell his tale. He covers the highs and lows that U.S. troops endured during their counterinsurgency operations in the midst of this extremely complex scenario. Readers will get a taste of the difficulties and dangers the 1st Brigade faced in its efforts to thwart the enemy while seeking to reassure and gain the trust of frightened civilian noncombatants.