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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.

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.
Author(s): US Army, United States Government

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.
Author(s): J. Pepper Bryars

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

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.
Author(s): George Packer

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.
Author(s): US Army, United States Government

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.
Author(s): Dexter Filkins

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.
Author(s): J. Kael Weston

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.
Author(s): Anthony Shadid

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.
Author(s): Peter R. Mansoor, David Petraeus

Best Iraq War Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some iraq war books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

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
ID: 2394002, Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Year: 29 Nov 2018, Size: 43 Mb, Format: epub

Going To War With Iraq: A Comparative History Of The Bush Presidencies

Author(s): Joseph M. Siracusa, Laurens J. Visser
ID: 2445157, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq

Author(s): Robert Draper
ID: 2565148, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2020, Size: 836 Kb, Format: epub

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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