Staff Sergeant Aaron Grant retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2008. He was commander of a local VFW and is commandant of a growing Marine Corps League detachment in his hometown in upstate New York. He is the author of Shaping the Colonies: Essays on Early American History and The Non-Commissioned Officer's War: Combined Action Doctrine that could have Saved Vietnam. He received his bachelor's degree in American history at Empire State and holds a master's degree in military history at Norwich University. He currently teaches American history using intellectual, economic, and military perspectives at John 15 Leah Homeschooling Group in Middlesex, NY. Mr. Grant resides in quiet upstate New York with his wife and children.
"USMC Veteran Aaron Michael Grant's account of Taking Baghdad is
a Gripping true-life narrative of an event not to be repeated in
our lifetime. If you only read one book on the Iraq invasion THIS
IS IT!" -- Command Sergeant Major Dennis Woods, author of
Black Flag Journals
"From boredom to the battlefield, Aaron Grant has done a superb job of transporting the reader to the buildup and invasion into Iraq. I could feel the heat, the sand in my eyes, and taste the fear. His easy and readable style coupled with his poetry, prose and pictures make this an interesting journey to travel with him. This should be required reading for anyone who even thinks about sending our men and women into war. It is terrible and exciting, heart-breaking and inspirational." --Thomas Paul Reilly, author of Hope in The Shadows of War
"Taking Baghdad is a first-hand account of a US Marine who participated in the Iraq War and the taking of Baghdad. Grant's writing highlights his time in Iraq, but moreover it is a display of humanity in the midst of the most trying circumstances a soldier can endure. Grant's personal journal entries document these experiences and, undoubtedly, mirror those emotions and challenges of other American warriors. A well written and documented account. A must read for those who truly want to know what the war was like and all that that entailed - the good, the bad, and the ugly." --Dr. David L. Harmon, Professor of History, University of Maryland, University College. "Aaron Grant has written an especially vivid and insightful war memoir. It deserves wide reading." --Dr. Andrew J. Blacevich, Professor of History Emeritus, Boston University. Winner of the American Book Award. Author of Americas War for the Greater Middle East. A courageous man is not a man without fear, that man is a fool. A courageous man is one that overcomes his fear. Staff Sergeant Aaron Michael Grant, USMC Retired, is such a man. His work, Taking Baghdad: Victory in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, is masterfully done. The reader will feel that he is riding alongside SSG Grant in his M88 Hercules Recovery Vehicle. The Army's 3rd Infantry Division received much acclaim as a result of its attack on Baghdad and its "thunder runs" throughout the city. This work is not a scholarly analysis of the strategic or operational phases of the Iraq War, it is the "real" war as told by a grunt who fought it. I will be among the first to purchase this important book. --Major Paul S. Teague, U.S. Army Retired, Author of Montgomery's Professionalism and Its Effects on Allied Campaigns