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Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should Read

Our list of some of the best Iraq War books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (2017)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadFrom the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise—now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict—a War for the Greater Middle…
Author(s): Andrew J. Bacevich

2. The U.S. Army in the Iraq War Volume 1: Invasion Insurgency Civil War 2003 – 2006 (2019)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadThe Iraq War has been the costliest U.S. conflict since the Vietnam War. To date, few official studies have been conducted to review what happened, why it happened, and what lessons should be drawn. This publication, The U.S. Army in the Iraq War Volume 1: Invasion Insurgency Civil War 2003 – 2006, is the Army’s initial operational level analysis of this conflict, written in narrative format, with assessments and lessons embedded throughout the work. This study reviews the conflict from a Landpower perspective and includes the contributions of…
Author(s): US Army, United States Government

3. American Warfighter: Brotherhood, Survival, and Uncommon Valor in Iraq, 2003-2011 (2016)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadThis book is about what went RIGHT in the Iraq War: The untold acts of valor by some of America’s most highly decorated combat veterans, the brotherhood they shared, and the fighting spirit that kept them alive through the war’s darkest hours. Every word is true, composed from striking and detailed firsthand accounts by elite paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions, a Green Beret, an Army Ranger, infantrymen, combat medics, and Marines. You’ll discover their remarkable heroism as the war’s most significant operations are vividly described, including the invasion, the Battle of Nasiriyah, the…
Author(s): J. Pepper Bryars

4. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005 (2007)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadThomas E. Ricks ‘s #1 New York Times bestseller, Fiasco, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq. Now Ricks has picked up where Fiasco left off-Iraq, late 2005. With more newsbreaking information, including hundreds of hours of interviews with top U.S. officials who were on the ground during the surge and beyond, The Gamble is the natural companion piece to Fiasco, and the two are sure to become the definitive examinations of what ultimately went wrong in Iraq….
Author(s): Thomas E. Ricks

5. The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq (2006)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadThe Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerrilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration’s war policy and led America to the Assassins’ Gate―the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. The Assassins’ Gate also describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier’s family, and the political…
Author(s): George Packer

6. The U.S. Army in the Iraq War Volume 2: Surge and Withdrawal 2007 – 2011 (2019)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadThe Iraq War has been the costliest U.S. conflict since the Vietnam War. To date, few official studies have been conducted to review what happened, why it happened, and what lessons should be drawn. This publication, The U.S. Army in the Iraq War Volume 2: Surge and Withdrawal 2007 – 2011, is the Army’s initial operational level analysis of this conflict, written in narrative format, with assessments and lessons embedded throughout the work. This study reviews the conflict from a Landpower perspective and includes the contributions of coalition…
Author(s): US Army, United States Government

7. The Forever War (2009)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should Read An instant classic of war reporting, is the definitive account of America’s conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, we witness the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, the aftermath of the attack on New York on September 11th, and the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Filkins is the only American journalist to have reported on all these events, and his experiences are conveyed in a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters and astonishing scenes. Brilliant and fearless, is not just about…
Author(s): Dexter Filkins

8. The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan (2017)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadJ. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department. Upon returning home, traveling throughout the United States to pay his respects to the dead and wounded, he wondered what lessons, if any, could be learned from these wars.In this essential book, Weston questions, interprets, and explains our wars in the Middle East through a tapestry of voices—Iraqi, Afghan, and American—taking readers across California and Fallujah, Khost and Colorado. Along the way we meet generals, corporals, and captains, former Taliban fighters, Afghan schoolteachers, SEAL…
Author(s): J. Kael Weston

9. Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War (2006)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadIn 2003, The Washington Post’s Anthony Shadid went to war in Iraq, but not as an embedded journalist. Born and raised in Oklahoma, of Lebanese descent, Shadid, a fluent Arabic speaker, has spent the last three years dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and Baghdad. The only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his extraordinary coverage of Iraq, Shadid is also the only writer to describe the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the unexpected impact of America’s invasion and occupation. Through the moving stories of individual Iraqis, Shadid shows how Saddam’s downfall…
Author(s): Anthony Shadid

11. Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (Yale Library of Military History) (2014)

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should ReadSurge is an insider’s view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War. After exploring the dynamics of the war during its first three years, the book takes the reader on a journey to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the controversial new U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, D.C., and the halls of the Pentagon, where the Joint Chiefs of Staff struggled to understand the conflict; to the streets of Baghdad, where soldiers worked to implement the surge and reenergize the flagging war effort before the Iraqi state splintered; and to the halls of…
Author(s): Peter R. Mansoor, David Petraeus

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should Read

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Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq

Author(s): Nicholas Moore, Mir Bahmanyar
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Year: 29 Nov 2018, Size: 43 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2394002

Iraq After ISIS: The Challenges of Post-War Recovery

Author(s): Jacob Eriksson, Ahmed Khaleel
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309632

The Destruction of Cultural Property as a Weapon of War: ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Author(s): Helga Turku
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2152757

Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict

Author(s): William Harris
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2266895

From Hitler’s Germany to Saddam’s Iraq: The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War

Author(s): Scott A. Silverstone
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2353405

Public Opinion, Legitimacy and Tony Blair’s War in Iraq

Author(s): James Strong
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2217463

The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author(s): J. Kael Weston
Publisher: Knopf, Year: 2016, Size: 73 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1560143

Moments of Silence: Authenticity in the Cultural Expressions of the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988

Author(s): Arta Khakpour, Shouleh Vatanabadi, Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami (eds.)
Publisher: NYU Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1592011

Voices of the Iraq war : contemporary accounts of daily life

Author(s): Steed, Brian L
Publisher: ABC CLIO;Greenwood, Year: 2016, Size: 515 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2087832

Oil and the Creation of Iraq: Policy Failures and the 1914-1918 War in Mesopotamia

Author(s): David E. McNabb
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2299112

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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