Events & Author Appearances

The Ragged Edge
Michael Zacchea
Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028 (map it)
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join authors Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp for a discussion about their book, The Ragged Edge: A Marine's Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion. The event will be held at Barnes & Noble (NY, NY) at 7:00 PM on April 3.

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By Michael Zacchea, By Ted Kemp, Foreword by Paul D. Eaton
Price 28.99


Published Apr 2017

At a time when the United States debates how deeply to involve itself in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, USMC (ret.), holds a unique vantage point on our still-ongoing war. Deployed to Iraq in March 2004, his team's mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. Zacchea tells a deeply personal and powerful story while shedding light on the dangerous pitfalls of training foreign troops to fight murderous insurgents. The Ragged Edge is the first American military memoir out of Iraq or Syria that features complex Arab and Kurdish characters and that intimately explores their culture and politics in a dispassionate way. Zacchea's invaluable lessons about Americans working with Arabs and Kurds to fight insurgency and terrorism come precisely when such wartime collaboration is happening more than at any time in US history.