Mark R. DePue served five years in the U.S. Army and twenty in the Illinois Army National Guard, retiring in 2001 as a lieutenant colonel. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa in 2004 and is currently director of oral history at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois.
This is the best unit memoir to come out of the Iraq War to date and is sure to become a military classic. It deserves the widest possible readership. Michael D. Doubler, author of Civilian in Peace, Soldier in War: The Army National Guard ""DePue vividly captures the experiences of America's citizen-soldiers at war. One can almost taste the dust and feel the heat of Baghdad between the pages."" Peter R. Mansoor, director of the Counterinsurgency Center at Ft. Leavenworth and author of The GI Offensive in Europe ""A great read and an important story that urgently needs to get out to the public."" James S. Corum, author of Fighting the War on Terror: A Counterinsurgency Strategy