"Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp have written a superb account of the efforts to build an Iraqi Army from scratch. This is a book rich in lessons and emotions. Every Commander-in-Chief contemplating intervention should read this." 

General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)


"Zacchea and Kemp have nailed it. They accurately captured the inspiration, joys, sorrows, and deep frustrations we had in standing up the New Iraqi Army and Special Police Forces in the early years of the Iraq War. This book is a great read for anyone struggling to understand what it was like on the ground, and it's also a fine primer for anyone preparing to advise foreign forces. Highly recommended."

Lt. General Jeff Buchanan, Commander of U.S. Army North, Former Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan


"A must-read for anyone who wants to understand what went wrong for the United States in Iraq — and whether we should put troops in Syria."

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Chief International Correspondent, CNBC