“Taking Baghdad: Victory in Iraq with the US Marines” is coming to stores in March 20th 2019.
Taking Baghdad is one of the few histories of Operation Iraqi Freedom written by a Marine who actually served in the war. This book is for the soldier as it is for the civilian, and for the historian as it is for the young who need to understand war. So much more than history, the audience will keep Taking Baghdad on their shelves because of its personality, a deep connection with the author as he takes you on a journey through the desert, history and combat, context and strategy, tactics and even poetry; it will leave you speechless.
“This is a surprisingly candid inside look at going to war. From boredom to the battlefield, Aaron Grant has done a superb job of transporting the reader to the buildup and invasion into Iraq. I could feel the heat, the sand in my eyes, and taste the fear. His easy and readable style coupled with his poetry, prose and pictures make this an interesting journey to travel with him. Taking Bagdad is as real and gritty as it gets. I found it an interesting blend of battlefield realities and the inner battle of a decent man in engaged in a “total war.” His coming home chapter is every veteran’s story. This should be required reading for anyone who even thinks about sending our men and women into war. It is terrible and exciting, heart-breaking and inspirational.”
Thomas Paul Reilly, author of Hope in The Shadows of War
Command Sergeant Major Dennis Woods, author of Black Flag Journals
“Aaron Grant has written an especially vivid and insightful war memoir. It deserves wide reading.”
— Andrew Bacevich, professor of history emeritus, Boston University