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Boots On The Ground

Posted by WETSU Airborne Community

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself"

Transporting you from your favorite reading nook literally into the boots of the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq, Boots on the Ground by Karl Zinsmeister details the story of the frontline in a way that often isn't covered in the headline news story. 

A frontline reporter traveling with the 82nd, Zinsmeister moved north along with the units, departed for Iraq's Talil Air Base, and then quickly was thrust into the thick of the action. 

In an inside look in the careful planning of today's warfare to a heated moment-by-moment account of firefights and on-the-ground combat, Boots on the Ground goes into the close-up details of the Iraqi war.

In just one month of being on the ground, the author takes us through an inside look of not only the fighting flashes of combat, but also the stresses of sleep-deprivation, shortened field rations, and battlefield diary entries that only someone who was placed in the Boots on the Ground could experience. 

Scattered with strong mental images that often don't leave a reader's memory, Zinsmeister takes you through the moments, sense-by-sense, so they are ingrained with you from day one to day 30.

The story is a must-read for any paratrooper who hopes to dive into an inspiring tale of camaraderie in battle, affection within their team, and the dedication that connects soldiers while out there on the frontline. 

From humor to horror, action to loving moments, this true-life account by Zinsmeister shows not only what goes on while on the Ground but also an inside look of how impactful the actions are by private civilian contractors amid war.

The book, illustrated with leaf-through colored photographs, gives you an accurate, relatable depiction of soldiers who fight for their country in a war that may seem never to end.

Who is the author? An esteemed political and versatile author, U.S. reporter Karl Zinsmeister published his first book of Iraqi War as Boots on the Ground, along with multiple other pieces. He was also published in the Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. Zinsmeister was the editor-in-chief in a highly-esteemed national politic magazine and also served in the West Wing under President George W. Bush.

 


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