By Col. Steve Russell
When U.S. forces exterminated Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1, 2011, the world cheered not only the death of the 9/11 terrorist mastermind but the unmatched might, skill and perseverance of AmericaÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs military elite. It was a brilliant example of history repeating itself in the most positive way; less than a decade earlier, the capture of Saddam Hussein, a triumph of military strategy in and of itself, opened the door for the most recent and essential victory in the War on Terror. Here is the riveting account of a grand human saga that tested every element of character and fortitude: the six-month manhunt that ended at a hole on the bank of the Tigris River and the blow-by-blow plays of the actual raids that netted Saddam, culminating in the electrifying quote heard around the globe: ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«We got him!ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
No other event in Operation Iraqi Freedom caught the attention of the world like the hunt for and capture of Saddam Hussein. Square in the middle of the search, living in SaddamÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs hometown of Tikrit, were Lt. Col. Steve Russell and his men of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Packed with rare photos and insider information, "We Got Him!" chronicles the day-by-day search and the successes and dead ends as regular and Special Operations soldiers tore into SaddamÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs social networks. This is the definitive account of this major historical event and of the sacrifice that made it happen. It also provides a rare look at the enemy side of the action. With his extensive journal notes, combat reports and painstaking research, Steve Russell has preserved the story as only someone who lived the experience could do.
"An extraordinary personal glimpse of the war. A monumental credit to himself, his troops, and the United States of America." - the late Robin Moore, author of "The Green Berets and the French Connection."
"A moving, gripping account of one of the most remarkable achievements of soldiering in a generation." - General Tommy Franks, author of "American Soldier""Steve delivers the most accurate account I have read to date." - General Raymond T. Odierno, 4th Infantry Division (2002-2004), III Corps and Multi-National Corps - Iraq (2006-2008), Multi-National Force - Iraq (2008-2010)
"When I was embedded with Russell's battalion ... I watched them tighten the noose on Saddam, but I never knew how they did it - until I read this book." - Brian Bennett, LA Times DC correspondent and former Baghdad bureau chief of Time magazine
"A ground eye view ... and a model for the way [regular and Special Operations Forces] have worked together since." - Kim Dozier, AP, former CBS News correspondent and author of "Breathing the Fire" This text refers to an out-of-print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Steve Russell served 21 years in the United States Army as an infantry officer, deploying operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. During his command he was widely covered during the first year of the Iraq war by Time, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, AP and Reuters. He and his unit were featured in BBC Panorama's "Saddam on the Run" documentary as well as Discovery's "Ace in the Hole." He has also been the subject of numerous books and publications. Russell retired from the army in 2006 and lives in Oklahoma with his wife and five children, where he serves in the Oklahoma State Senate.
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Threshold Editions (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451662483
- ISBN-13: 978-1451662481
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
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