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Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad

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  1. Yasnevo

    Yasnevo

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    Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
    by David Zucchino

    All I can say is wow, what a book. Thunder Run is written in the style of Blackhawk Down.

    Here is what the Washington Post had to say about it...
    This reviews does better than I could ever come close to saying about the book.

    Y-


    From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com

    When asked to describe a battle as seen through the camera of an unmanned aerial vehicle, one Army brigade commander said it was like watching a football game through a straw.

    The same metaphor could be used to describe the pictures and stories relayed by embedded reporters in Iraq. This innovative program took civilian reporters and attached them to combat units on the ground and at sea. The downside was that these journalists often saw little more than their unit's piece of the battlefield.... read more


    Book Description
    Thunder Run is the story of the bold assault on Baghdad by the Spartan Brigade of the Third Infantry Division. With fewer than a thousand men, and facing Iraqi forces dug into bunkers and buildings, the brigade punched a hole through the heart of Baghdad with a high-speed charge to Saddam Hussein's Presidential Palace and Republican Guard headquarters. Many Iraqi soldiers fled or surrendered during the onslaught, but significant numbers stood and fought. Iraqi forces destroyed the brigade's command center, ambushed the brigade's resupply column, and even as it appeared that the brigade was seizing control of the capital on the battle's second day, a fierce counterattack across the Tigris River trapped an American company under withering fire and forced a retreat. Many Americans believe that Baghdad was taken with a minimum of effort. But for the Spartan Brigade it was a brutal and terrifying three days of urban warfare. The product of dozens of interviews, and with a foreword from best-selling author Mark Bowden, Thunder Run is a riveting firsthand account of how a single armored brigade of fewer than a thousand men was able to capture an Arab capital defended by one of the world's largest armies.
     
  2. DonGlock26

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    Sounds like a must-read to me. And, I have two borders coupons burning a hole in my pocket. Thanks for the tip.




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  3. Yasnevo

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    You will not be dissapointed...
     
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    I remember watching 3 ID go into Baghdad live on Fox News, both during the one Thunder Run on a Saturday which was a "test the waters" recon in force, and the whole brigade going in to stay 2 days later.

    I was astounded at the audacity of the attack to seize the palaces. The last thing anyone expected was an armored assault into a major urban city like Baghdad!

    I snapped up the book as soon as I saw it at the bookstore. A very good read and brings the reader close to the participants as very real and personable individuals.
     
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    I picked it up last night. I'll report back when I finish it.
     
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    I read this book a few months ago. Excellent read, very detailed and gripping.
    Another you might want to check out is "The March Up" by Bing West and Ray Smith. It's about the 1MEF and their march towards Baghdad.
     
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    I concur that THUNDER RUN is a must and enjoyable read and will order 'THE MARCH UP'.
    Thx,
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    "The March Up" is on my list ...

    Thanks for the heads up...

    Y-
     
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    I'm in the middle of reading "Thunder Run" right now. I swear I didn't even blink for the first hundred pages. Great read!
     
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    I finally got my copy. I'm looking forward to reading it.
     
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    Because of this post I picked up a copy of Thunder Run. Wow- great, exciting read with no dull parts.

    I didn't realize a Los Angeles Times reporter wrote the book. I've worked for the newspaper 30 years.

    Very straight-forward, fair and accurate (I'd guess as I certainly was not there) account of an outrageous event. Definately more objective than the liberal-slanted newspaper we now publish (wasn't always that way).

    I'm not holding my breath for the movie. The mission was a fantastic success and unlike Blackhawk Down, the Hollywood types would have a more difficult time bashing our military. Unfortunately, I think they'll ignore it.