Written collectively by a group of enlisted airborne infantry men under the pseudonym J. B. Walker Nightcap at Dawn details the counterinsurgency in Iraq through an assemblage of these soldiers' real notes on their lives. Jokingly conceived as an account of "the simple charms of soldiering", what results is a firsthand account of the reality of Iraq through the veil of "experiences, expressions, imaginations, and hallucinations". Armando Duran’s unflinching performance of these men’s words is an important glimpse into the grit and confusion of the counterinsurgency and its otherworldly battlefields, encounters with local peoples, intense complexities of daily life, and the reflections of the soldiers living it.
A group of US soldiers emailed their observations and experiences from Iraq and their candid opinions on fighting an insurgency. This book is the result.
A group of U.S. soldiers emailed their observations and experiences from Iraq and their candid opinions on fighting an insurgency. This book is the result. This startling collection of emails is a thoughtful and compelling narrative that carries the reader from the alleys and city streets to the homes of long-suffering Iraqis, and from the soldiers’ concrete bunkers to the “majestic” army base. Along the way, the reader is asked to consider the puzzles posed for a disciplined army engaged with an enemy that hides amid - and indeed, targets - a civilian population.