Warrior King

The startling and controversial memoir of combat and betrayal, written by one of the most prominent members of the U.S. fighting forces in Iraq A West Point graduate, a former star quarterback who carried Army to its first bowl victory, and a courageous warrior who had proven himself on the battlefield time and again, Lt. Col. Nathan Sassaman was one of the most celebrated officers in the United States military. He commanded more than eight hundred soldiers in the heart of the insurgency-ravaged Sunni Triangle in Iraq, and his unit’s job was to seek out and eliminate terrorists and loyalists to Saddam Hussein, while simultaneously rebuilding the region’s infrastructure and introducing democratic processes to a broken people. Sassaman’s tactics were highly aggressive, his methods innovative, and his success in Iraq nearly unparalleled. Yet Sassaman will always be known for a fateful decision to cover up the alleged drowning of an Iraqi by his men, in which they purportedly forced two detainees to jump into the Tigris River. The army initially charged three soldiers with manslaughter and a fourth with assault---the first time troops who served in Iraq have been charged with a killing in connection with the handling of detainees. Sassaman’s decision led to his downfall, despite an impressive career, and sent shock waves through the American military. This controversial decision goes to the heart of the complex fight in Iraq, where key army leaders betray one another, politics in the war room leads to lost lives on the battlefield, and enemy factions routinely sabotage U.S. efforts, making success difficult for American commanders on the battlefield. Warrior King is the explosive memoir of one of the most deeply involved members of the U.S. military in Iraq. This is the first book to take readers from the overnight brutality of combat to the daunting daytime humanitarian tasks of rebuilding Iraq to the

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By Ensiform (Dallas, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · April 08, 2012
The author, an all-American West Point quarterback turned commander of the 1-8 Infantry in Balad, in the Sunni Trangle, makes his case for how ineptly the war was handled. Mincing no words, he excoriates his immediate superior as a coward who wanted nothing more but to establish a policy of retre... ...more
By Mswapp (The United States) · October 25, 2010
An eye-opening account of the war in Iraq! This book reads a bit like fiction;; however, it has a powerful point to make. From someone outside of the military, it amazed me how much politics are involved in a military command. Another surprise was how the Bush 'policy' impacted the battlefield. L... ...more
By Daniel · ★★★☆☆ · October 26, 2008
I took from this novel that war now is more complicated than ever. It no longer is two opposing forces fighting their known enemy. In todays war, we are told what actions we can or cannot take in order to accomplish our mission. At many times it feels as though are hands are tied and we must let... ...more
By Jeff (Bonduel, WI) · ★★★☆☆ · October 30, 2010
This book was a grim reminder that war really is hell. I have a new found or deeper respect for the men and women fighting overseas. Regardless of the outcome this war will really have no winner. ...more
By Drj (Scottsdale, AZ) · ★★★★★ · February 12, 2013
A true patriot's first hand experience on how the US bungled the Iraqi war and tarnished a man's career. ...more
By Charles (Savannah, GA) · ★★★★☆ · January 08, 2015
A little dry. But does a fine job of highlighting problems with command in the war on terror ...more
By James (Tampa, FL) · ★★★☆☆ · July 29, 2011
Write a review...The army is nuts ...more