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Publisher's Summary

A riveting, edge-of-your seat account of how a battalion of Marines faced off against the most brutal of Al Qaeda at its most desperate and vicious moment - and how the Marines decisively crushed the terrorists 

When the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment ("2/3") arrived in the little-known "Haditha Triad" region of western Iraq's Al Anbar Province in September of 2006, the region exploded in a storm of terrorist violence. The most battle-hardened of Al Qaeda had fled to the Triad, and, taking their last, desperate gasps for survival after years of bloody war, lashed out at the battalion with everything they could muster. The Marines sent into this firestorm of violence immediately lunged into a complex, double-edged mission: crush Al Qaeda and help the locals rebuild their terrorist-smashed lives and homes. After months of grueling, fearsome battle - and the loss of 23 of their ranks - the warriors of 2/3 stood tall in victory. This is their incredible story. 

Warriors of Anbar is one of the greatest untold stories of modern war, one of grit, incredible courage, and utmost sacrifice. It is a story that illustrates the US Marine Corps at its very finest.

©2019 Ed Darack (P)2019 Da Capo Press
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Critic Reviews

"The Warriors of Anbar is a classic story of perseverance, deceit, frustration, ambition, loss and the search for meaning. By laying bare the tough truths, Ed Darack details how it really was in Iraq. Every time the battalion was hit, someone found a way to strike back. These thousand Marines refused to quit or to strike out in blind anger. Even when some at the top failed, the battalion improvised, absorbed punishment, adapted from beatings and hammered forward by unexpected means. This is a classic story of grit, loss and redemption." (Bing West, former assistant secretary of defense, and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author)

"Ed Darack earned the right to tell this riveting tale the hard way, by embedding with the Marines. The Warriors of Anbar puts you right in the middle of one of the toughest, bloodiest and most vicious fights of the Iraq war." (Sean Naylor, New York Times best-selling author of Relentless Strike and award-winning reporter for Foreign Policy

"The Warriors of Anbar is one of those intimate stories that is often lost when the sacrifices of the military are overshadowed by bad decisions and politics. Ed Darack skillfully reports the story of everyday Marines trying to complete an impossible mission." (Kevin Maurer, award-winning journalist and the best-selling co-author of No Easy Day)

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Amazing story.

I was there. This is accurate truth. 2/3 Fox Co. Barwanah, Iraq 2006-2007. Semper Fidelis

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Great story but was it necessary to include the sound bites for explosions,machine guns firing,shots fired etc. Spoilt it for me.

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Amazingly accurate

This book hits the nail on the head. I was there, it’s about as an accurate accounting of events as you can get.

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A Must Read to Understand OIF

The Marines in this book are well worth learning about, and if you have been there and understand it, this book is an awesome portrayal of their brutality against AQI, whilst winning the hearts and minds of the locals with COIN. They were the turning point to the region, ridding it of AQI, outsmarting them at every corner. The trials and tribulations of losing comrades and having to push through that is portrayed very well here, and and pays tribute to their service. This book is a must read if you wish to understand what our boys went through in one of the toughest deployments in the war on terror’s history.

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Obnoxious narrator harms a great story

This book should be read by anyone who apreciates the achievements and sacrifices of our individual soldiers and small units in the Global War on Terror. This is one of the greatest success stories of the war in any theater, but at a great cost!

Notwithstanding the great content, I found this book painful to listen to because of the narrator's over the top playhouse-dramatic performance. In the intense moments, he makes each line sound sooo dramatic, like cheesy dialog in a grade B war movie - excess urgency bordering on whininess. Even the most mundane dialog is over acted. The narrator sounds like a rookie actor straining to win an Academy Award. Buy it because the story is very much worth hearing, and endure the narrator.

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riveting!

riveting story and the narrator really brings it to life! Highly recommended. makes me proud of our young men and women in the armed services.

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For Ryan Yurchison

This is an awesome recording of Combat in Iraq. We lost a nephew who was injured twice by suicide bombs. Once with a suicide vest attack. The second attack was a truck bomb which seriously injured Ryan killing three others.
Ryan never recovered from his injuries. This book honors all who served. Thank you…

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The narration is terribly annoying with sound effects and tone changes. Better to read the hard copy of this one.

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Great book

This was a great read. I enjoyed the information in the book. Thanks to all those that pay the ultimate sacrifice!

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The military experience

I have tried to join the marines for the longest time, but was denied due to medical issues. This book has allowed me to partly experience life as an infantryman. Laughing and crying with the marines in their stressful daily lives.

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  • 12-09-20

Great Story

Great story ruined by narration, The guy makes noises to represent shots, also his voice is not good.

The story is good, but way, way to many acronyms like listening to alphabet at times

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  • 10-15-21

a very very very good book of great story

a very very good story of very good book unfortunately ruined by the narrator reading the book is going was commentating on six year olds playing in the sandpit at making all these stupid noises the machine guns and rpgs like a 3 year old describing the sound of an explosion very very disappointing but a very very good story

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  • 12-01-20

great book!!

I was astonished the troops got hit so hard and hit back harder. They are true warriors to the core. Very proud of all the troops fighting over there!

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