All this talk about “American Sniper” reminded me that I had a book review to share with you, still, regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom. It’s called, We Got Him: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein, by Lt. Col. Steve Russell (Ret).
Full disclosure: Steve is a long-time friend and gave us the book for free. But this was a while ago and he has no knowledge of this review. Or probably my blog.
We Got Him focuses on a very specific timeframe – Steve’s time as commander of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment while they spearheaded the search for Saddam. I originally intended to share this review for the 10th anniversary of the capture, but, well, December is a crazy busy time and it gets away from you.
Steve has been a daily journaler his entire adult life, and the benefit of it is shared in this book. The detail, not only of his decisions and mission executions, but also of the soldiers he served with and over, makes the reader feels immediately present. You begin to feel you know the people he served with, at least to a degree, which is especially poignant since not everyone makes it home. I appreciated that he gave life to several of those who died in the line of executing this mission, as well as listing their names in the back of the book for posterity.