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Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture…

Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad (original 2004; udgave 2004)

af David Zucchino (Forfatter), Mark Bowden (Forord)

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A look at the sweep of Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 by US armed forces. Zucchino was embedded with the Second Brigade during their operations.
Titel:Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
Forfattere:David Zucchino (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Mark Bowden (Forord)
Info:Grove Press (2004), Edition: Second, 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad af David Zucchino (2004)


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Jake McLaughlin led me to this book.
It started like this. I was watching the TV show Quantico, halfway through the first episode I was getting frustrated. Not because of the show but because of my own memory. I recognised the actor playing Ryan Booth but could not for the life of me figure out what I had seen him in. After the episode had finished I looked him up. After finding out I had recognised him from a show I use to watch called Believe, I read the rest of his biography. It turns out that before Jake was an actor he was in the military. After reading about his military history, his biography referenced a book he was mentioned in. After pondering for a few minutes I thought why not. It’s been a while since I have read anything from the military genre, let’s give this one a go. And that is how Jake McLaughlin led me to this book.
I am really glad that I decided to read this book. I honestly can’t believe I hadn’t read it sooner. It could be because I find that books from the modern military genre are a bit hit and miss. Well that couldn’t be further from the case with this book. David Zucchino’s Thunder Run defiantly hit the mark.
After reading Thunder Run I had a much deeper understanding of urban warfare. It’s advantages and it’s challenges. Expertly written by four-time Pulitzer prize finalist David Zucchino. This book really takes you on a journey. A walk through a part of American Military History. The interviews taken during and after the war, with both American and Iraqi soldiers are seamlessly woven together creating a rounded picture of the battle to capture Baghdad. David really captured the chaos of combat. With an in dept look at events and strategy leading up to and during the armored strike.
Thunder Run is not a book for the faint of heart, with graphic descriptions of the violence and horrors of war. This is a must read book for anyone with an interest in military tactics, urban warfare and modern weaponry.
David Zucchino’s Thunder Run is not a book I will be forgetting anytime soon, and given its historical relevance and it’s subject matter I believe it is important that it isn’t forgotten at all.

Written by Geramie Kate Barker
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  gemsbooknook | Oct 12, 2016 |
For most of us, our memories of the two gulf wars are represented by little more than smartbomb camera footage. The awesome power that the USA was able to deploy in Iraq was overwhelming - to the defenders, as well as the global audience. There seemed no doubt that military might would win a clear victory. In this frontline account of the armoured column entering Baghdad, the author brings us a much more harrowing tail of personal bravery, fear and loss.

It rapidly becomes clear how far the US war machine was stretched, and how close they came to perhaps encountering their "bridge too far".

And I suspect quite unintentionally, it exposes an unsettling realisation of the degree to which religion - Christianity - plays in the minds of US troops. While no means universal, I was struck by the number of times which religion pops up in this book - or soldiers seeking guidance from Army Chaplains that "what they have to do is allowed by their god", of all the prayers that are offered to save the living or commemorate the dead. The message I took away from this is that the US - like virtually every other country that has ever gone to war - clearly exploited religion both explicitly and implicitly in order to exhort their troops to maximum effect on the battlefield. I do not think this is what the author intended, but the main thought in my head at the end of the book was the surprising similarity this realisation brings to our understanding of the people holding the line on both sides of the war. ( )
  pratalife | Feb 9, 2014 |
An unflinching look at modern armored combat. The author has a knack for conveying the confusion and chaos of the battles as they unfolded. The writing style is brisk and keeps the reader on their toes and gives one a sense of the chaos while reading, a miniscule taste of the firefights if you will. While the book does concentrate on the US armored forces the author takes the time to share some of the Iraqi side of things as well as some of the journalists side. On par with the book 'Black Hawk Down' (the author of Thunder Run was Mark Bowden's editor for BHD).

Interesting questions were put forth by the vets so many resources and time were devoted to toppling regime that little to no thought had been put into how to rebuild the country, that once the fighting ebbed the newly blooded combat vets werent quite sure what to do, neither did their command know. The ending left a question of whether the risky 'Thunder Runs' had been worth it, they toppled the regime from the inside out avoiding a long and drawn out battle for the city. These same units years later were sent back to Iraq to fight the very kind of battles the 'Thunder Runs' had avoided. ( )
  Luftwaffe_Flak | Feb 7, 2014 |
Excellent read. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a fine account of the climax of the initial operation to bring down the Baathist regime in Iraq, as the author appears to have covered all the bases in describing the "face of battle" as it applies to the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division in this action. Zucchio goes so far as to have hunted down Iraqi informants that were in the path of the Spartan Brigade when it tore into Baghdad; though one now has to wonder how many of those people have returned to fighting us. If I have to mark this book down for anything it's for the lack of photos. This is not to mention that an order of battle matching radio call signs with units would have been a useful item. ( )
  Shrike58 | Jan 1, 2007 |
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