Introduction: After Iraq invaded Kuwait and was subsequently defeated, the country was invaded by a United States-led coalition. The US and the other countries that participated in the invasion justified their action by saying that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction. (No such weapons were found). This invasion brought down the Saddam Hussein regime. It is believed that more than one hundred and fifty thousand Iraqis were killed during the first few years of war. The United Sates left the country in two thousand and eleven but became involved again in two thousand and fourteen.
Several books have been written about this terrible invasion that took the lives of many innocent people. Here are a few:
- Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq: By Thomas E Ricks: This is a chronicle of the Iraq War and the judgment on the blind strategy with which the Americans carried out this invasion. It also talks about the anger that the American officers voiced against this strategy. A brilliant book that will leave its readers teary eyed at the end.
- The Good Soldiers: By David Finkel: In January two thousand and seven, the then President of the United States of America, George W Bush, announced a new strategy of war which he called the Surge. The book gives us a look at his speech on the Surge that explains why he came up with this new strategy. He also talks about the deployment of the Second Battalion, Sixteenth Infantry Regiment of the Fourth Infantry Brigade Combate Team, First Infantry Division, also known as the two-sixteen Rangers. This group worked on a portion of Baghdad.
- The Yellow Birds: By Kevin Powers: Quite a lot of the book deals with the author’s experience as a machine gunner. The book’s opening line is, “The war tried to kill us in spring.” This book will keep you engrossed to the end. The author said he felt it was important to stress on the fact that, besides the physical damage that was done, there is also an emotional and mental damage that will prevail.
- The fall of Baghdad: By Jon Lee Anderson: Every historical event has an eyewitness who recalls the momentous moments surrounding the event. A good write ruses the power of language to bring memories of the event alive.The book provides a look at what Baghdad was and is after the war. The book is a must-read for everyone.
- Secret History of the Iraq War: Yossef Bodansky: Soon after their victory over the Taliban inAfghanistan, the American Government under President Bush began a campaign to remove the Iraqi government from power. Even after Saddam was captured and put to death, no peace prevailed. Instead, Iraq got embroiled in a sectarian war, and there seems to be no end to Iraq’s travails. Something went wrong; what was it?
- In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat in Iraq: By Rick Atkinson: For the Marines of the one hundred and one Airborne Division, their journey to Baghdad began with a flight at midnight. Rick was about to spend nearly two months covering the war for the Washington Post. The book portrays modern day soldiers in action.
- Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con man who caused the war: By Bob Drogin: This book answers vital questions about the Iraq war. How and why did America’s intelligence agencies get it so wrong? Drogin takes us on a journey to Europe and the Middle East with the Central Investigation Association to find out the truth.