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Prior to Operation Iaqi Freedom, March 20th 2003, the Department Of Defense (DOD) screened and selected civilian reporters to be embedded with various units of the Armed Forces involved in the campaign.
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Once such reporter, John Koopman, from the San Francisco Chronicle rode with Lt. Col Bryan McCoy (USMC) (callsign Darkside) battalion commander of 3rd Battlion, 4th Marine Regiment.

Reporter Koopman submitted his daily engaging reports of the advancement on Baghdad from both Col. McCoy's and Sgt Major Dave Howell's humvees observing one of the hardest charging units of Gulf War II. He and 3/4 saw plenty of action, from the initial surge across the border on March 20th, to the fall of Baghdad with Mr. Koopman on occasion coming under fire himself.
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Kind Of History

History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Marines Specific war?    -   Iraq/Gulf War II

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   land soldiers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


Middle East?    -   Yes

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   8 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   7 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Book makes you feel...    -   concerned How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   3 () Historical short story collection?    -   Yes Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A significant amount Length of book    -   300-350 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   8 ()

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