A Student of History

September 20, 2007

No True Glory

Filed under: Great books,Wars — John Maass @ 8:35 am


I just finished reading No True Glory (2006), by Bing West.  It’s the story of the two attacks on Fallujah in 2004, the first by the Marines (which was unsuccessful) and the second one by Marines and Army units, which together crushed the resistance there in a week long attack.  The story is amazing, and West tells it very well, without glorifying the violence or the Marines.  He also does a wonderful job placing each attack in context, and pulls no punches in criticizing certain military and political leaders as he deems necessary.  (Paul Bremner does not come off too well here.)  West also brilliantly shows the reader what its like to be a young Marine, ordered to “clear out” a whole city, and go house to house and room by room, in violent, face to face combat.  I heartily recommend it.


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