Mike Zacchea, author of The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion (Chicago Review Press, 9781613738412) was interviewed on “MSNBC Live with Kate Snow” on MSNBC (National) on January 31st. Mike discussed Trump’s immigration ban and the stories of Iraqi interpreters that are included in The Ragged Edge.

Mike Zacchea’s op-ed for CNBC Online (26.1 million uvpm) can be viewed now--a link to the op-ed can be found here.  

HISTORY 384 PAGES, 6 X 9 FORMATS: CLOTH CLOTH, $28.99 (CA $38.99) PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 2017 ISBN 9781613738412

HISTORY

384 PAGES, 6 X 9

FORMATS: CLOTH

CLOTH, $28.99 (CA $38.99)

PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 2017

ISBN 9781613738412

The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion By Michael Zacchea, By Ted Kemp, Foreword by Paul D. Eaton

At a time when the United States debates how deeply to involve itself in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, USMC (ret.), holds a unique vantage point on our still-ongoing war. Deployed to Iraq in March 2004, his team's mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. Zacchea tells a deeply personal and powerful story while shedding light on the dangerous pitfalls of training foreign troops to fight murderous insurgents. The Ragged Edge is the first American military memoir out of Iraq or Syria that features complex Arab and Kurdish characters and that intimately explores their culture and politics in a dispassionate way. Zacchea's invaluable lessons about Americans working with Arabs and Kurds to fight insurgency and terrorism come precisely when such wartime collaboration is happening more than at any time in US history.

Reviews

"Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp have written a superb account of the efforts to build an Iraqi Army from scratch. This is a book rich in lessons and emotions. Every commander-in-chief contemplating intervention should read this." —General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired), former commander of U.S. Central Command, author of The Battle for Peace and Before the First Shots Are Fired

"Zacchea and Kemp have nailed it. They accurately captured the inspiration, joys, sorrows, and deep frustrations we had in standing up the New Iraqi Army and Special Police Forces in the early years of the Iraq War. This book is a great read for anyone struggling to understand what it was like on the ground, and it's also a fine primer for anyone preparing to advise foreign forces. Highly recommended." —Major General Jeff Buchanan, Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan

"Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp have written a superb account of the efforts to build an Iraqi Army from scratch. This is a book rich in lessons and emotions. Every commander in chief contemplating intervention should read this." —General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired), former commander of U.S. Central Command, author of The Battle for Peace and Before the First Shots Are Fired

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