Bing West is the author of several books, including the award-winning The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines and the Vietnam classic The Village. He served as a Marine in Vietnam and was assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan. He lives in Rhode Island. Visit his website at www.westwrite.com.
Himself a marine in Vietnam, West was author of the multi-award-winning The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines. Now he covers the bitter struggle to take Fallujah. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"While many other correspondents have ventured to the front lines
in Iraq, few have stayed as long as West, or brought as much
knowledge of military affairs to their work. The result is a book
that ... features amazing accounts of heroism, brutality,
perseverance, and gallows humor."-Max Boot, The Weekly
"No True Glory is the gripping account of the valor of the Marines in the fiercest urban combat since Hue. Yet, the even-handed description of the vacillation regarding policy will likely please neither some of our senior officers nor the White House."-Former Secretary of Defense, James R. Schlesinger
"No True Glory is the best book on the U.S. military in Iraq to emerge so far."-Tom Ricks of The Washington Post
"The finest chronicle of the strategy behind battle and the fighting during battle that I've ever read!"-General Carl E. Mundy, former Commandant of the Marine Corps
"A remarkably detailed, vivid firsthand account of the American military experience.... West's focus is on the "frontline," putting the reader at the negotiating table with U.S. military commanders and Fallujan sheiks, imams, and rebel leaders; in the barracks; and on the street, fighting hand to hand, house to house, in some of the fiercest battles of the Fallujah campaign and the Iraq war."-Booklist
"West describes the fury of the fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi in a style that makes him part historian, part novelist - the grunts' Homer."-LA Times Book Review
"West successfully brings the war back home in all its agonizing and illuminating detail. From the combat stories of those on the ground all the way up to the White House, West [is] uniquely placed to write a chronicle of the fight. The narrative truly shines."-The Christian Science Monitor
"Exhaustively reported...West paints a picture of highly capable Marines struggling to make the best of untenable political circumstances."-Washington Post Book World