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Author:  Patrick O’Donnell

Title:  We Were One

Publisher:  Da Capo Press

Reviewer: Christy W. Sauro Jr. – AAA Member

Iraq War historian immortalizes the Marine battle for Fallujah

Award winning author Patrick K. O’Donnell volunteered to go to Iraq to become one of the first historians to accompany American troops into combat. Of his own effort he got himself placed with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. It was a decision that could have cost him his life. His chosen platoon was a major participant in the infamous battle for Fallujah in 2004. The author details the fighting through the eyes of the combatants which makes the book memorable and not your typical history read.

The complex situation facing the American troops as they try to stabilize the region is enlightening and at times absolutely frightening. The battle for the city of Fallujah is door to door, up close and personal. The fighting to gain control of a city controlled by the Mujahideen, the Islamist opponents of the U.S.-led coalition’s occupation of Iraq, is fierce and not without casualties. How the Marines complete their mission to clear some 39,000 buildings with roughly 400,000 rooms, is an emotional read made possible by the author, who comes to know the men personally.

Throughout the book important facts come to light that people need to know if they are to understand the ongoing war against world terrorism. What the Marines encountered in Fallujah were foreign fighters from more than 18 different countries. In spite of being heavily out numbered, the Marines hold true to tradition and prevail. The book leaves no doubt that the Marines fighting in Iraq today are as capable as any in history.

Patrick O’Donnell has put his heart and soul into the writing of “We Were One.” The end result is a masterpiece. The author has done a remarkable job preserving the experiences of those he served with. The telling of their stories gives us all a much better understanding of the on going war in Iraq. I highly recommend this book.

 


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