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Owen West, a third-generation .

Owen West, a third-generation . Marine, tells the gripping, boots-on-the-ground story of the remarkable American and Iraqi troops who for two years fought the insurgency street by street and house by house in the poisonous city of Khalidiya, Iraq. In this riveting narrative, . Marine and acclaimed novelist Owen West puts readers into the boots of an isolated band of American advisors and Iraqis fighting together in tumultuous Anbar Province, where the people they are trying to protect and the insurgents who are trying to kill them are indistinguishable.

Xiv, 327 pages : 24 cm. Documents the achievements of a team of reservists and National Guardsmen who built an Iraqi battalion and fought side by side with the first Iraqi soldiers granted independent battle space. Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-316) and index.

Owen West’s The Snake Eaters discusses the experiences of several advisory teams with an Iraqi Battalion and how they and the officers of that battalion successfully built an effective counterinsurgency force. Throughout the book are numerous leadership lessons originating from both the advisors and the Iraqi officers, on how to develop a unit, especially one of a different culture, and how to succeed in running a small detail like a MITT/ETT team, or working in a billet well outside your traini Owen West’s The Snake Eaters discusses the experiences of several advisory.

Owen West's The Snake Eaters was a book I could hardly put down, to read about some reservists being thrown into a situation of full blown combat without the proper training with Iraqis who didn't like them and some national.

Owen West's The Snake Eaters was a book I could hardly put down, to read about some reservists being thrown into a situation of full blown combat without the proper training with Iraqis who didn't like them and some national gaurdsman who didn't want much to do with them, was nothing short of amazing, this is a story every American. With a few good men on both sides, American and Iraqi they got control of a terrorist dominated city and gave hope to the citizens who just wanted to get on with their lives,Owen West writes a great book, I recommend this book to anyone interested in the bravery of our troops in Iraq and those interested in military Advisers in Iraq.

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Owen West’s The Snake Eaters is a searing combat tale from the darkest days of the Iraq War, but it’s also much . West makes a convincing case for the importance of military advisers who train indigenous security forces to fight insurgencies.

Owen West’s The Snake Eaters is a searing combat tale from the darkest days of the Iraq War, but it’s also much more. Combat advisors training indigenous security forces to fight their own wars must have a key role in American defense policy in the 21st century. This book shows how it’s done. Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away and CEO of the Center for a New American Security. Outstanding study of the advisers’ role in Iraq.

In The Snake Eaters, Owen West depicts the complex relationship between an Iraqi Battalion (3/3-1, the "Snake Eaters") and . West is a third-generation Marine who served two tours in Iraq.

In The Snake Eaters, Owen West depicts the complex relationship between an Iraqi Battalion (3/3-1, the "Snake Eaters") and their . advisors (the "Outcasts") in Habbaniyah, Iraq, in the Anbar Province from September 2005 to February 2007. From October 2006 until February 2007, he served as a Marine Reservist advisor to the Snake Eaters. His father is Bing West, the.

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Author and former Marine Owen West recounts the heroic and harrowing stories of . military advisers and the local forces who helped turn the tide of the Iraq war in his new book, The Snake Eaters, An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq. In the book, West also makes an argument on behalf of his fellow advisers for the vital role they play in modern warfare. They chose the name ‘Snake Eaters’ after a patch that was on their shoulder depicting a hawk grabbing a snake

West has written two novels and one non-fiction book.

West has written two novels and one non-fiction book. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for his novel Sharkman Six. West donated the advance and net proceeds of his book Snake Eaters: An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq to the Marine Corps.

In this riveting narrative, U.S. Marine and acclaimed novelist Owen West puts readers into the boots of an isolated band of American advisors and Iraqis fighting together in tumultuous Anbar Province, where the people they are trying to protect and the insurgents who are trying to kill them are indistinguishable. WHEN A DOZEN UNPREPARED AMERICAN ARMY RESERVISTS ARE DROPPED OFF on an isolated Iraqi outpost with orders to be its military advisors, they have no idea that what they will really be doing is fighting. With no training to fall back on, this group—including a guitarist, a DEA agent, a plumber, and a postal worker—must somehow mentor the “Snake Eaters,” an Iraqi battalion locked in a deadly struggle over an insurgent-infested town along the Euphrates River. They are plunged into complex counterinsurgent warfare side by side with their Iraqi charges, soon discovering that at such close quarters moral standards are inevitably blurred. The battle becomes so personal that the combatants know each other’s names, faces, and especially the families caught in the middle. Owen West, a third-generation U.S. Marine, tells the gripping, boots-on-the-ground story of the remarkable American and Iraqi troops who for two years fought the insurgency street by street and house by house in the poisonous city of Khalidiya, Iraq. The American advisors were a ramshackle group of Army reservists, Marines, and National Guardsmen with little support or understanding from the higher ranks. The Iraqi battalion they were assigned was from the very first both amateurish and hostile. In a town where the people they were trying to protect were indistinguishable from the enemy they were trying to kill—and few locals ever told the truth—it seemed like a mission doomed to failure. But with courage, infinite patience, and a sense of duty few outsiders understood, the young American and Iraqi soldiers on patrol learned to work with each other and with the townspeople, winning their trust and revealing war as a series of human acts. From Major Mohammed, the Snake Eater who garners the most respect from the Americans precisely because he likes them the least, to the bighearted Staff Sergeant Blakley, a medic stalked by a sniper, the heroic soldiers in these pages are as complex as their war. By the end of the mission, the Snake Eaters was the first Iraqi battalion granted independent battle space, the insurgency was wiped off the streets of Khalidiya, and peace was restored. A rare success story to emerge from the war, West’s exceptional book is as instructive as it is impossible to put down. Owen West is donating his net proceeds from The Snake Eaters to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and to the families of fallen advisors and fallen Iraqi “Snake Eaters.”

Comments: (7)

fetish
I am (former) Lance Corporal Shaun Lester, and I'm in this book both in name and in picture.
I've never found myself in a book before, so I wanted to learn if Owen's memories and ensuring writings were
faithful to my own recollections of how things went down. Largely, they are, perhaps painfully so.

Our task was, essentially, to hand off the momentum of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the Iraqi Army.
We conducted humvee mounted patrols with them every day, usually twice a day for four hours.
Our patrols took us most often through Khaladiya, a town we came to know and feel great investment in.
We know from pained history that our efforts were ultimately futile, but in this some good yet came:
I was elated to learn that our terp was sponsored for American citizenship,
ostensibly escaping to America before the rise of IS in Al Anbar.
The stories and outcomes of the Iraqi soldiers we trained are surely more grim.

Alex, wherever you are, much love to you.
Owen, I hope you're well. Thanks for keeping us mostly intact.
This deployment shaped me for better or for worse.
Gholbirdred
I've read a number of excellent books about the U.S. military in Iraq, but I'd have to say this one is the best I've read. West sets out to show that advisors are essential to winning today's wars, and that to be successful they must join the troops they are advising in combat. He makes his case by following a group of advisors in Anbar Province. A Marine reservist, West served on one of the teams. He shows why some advisory teams (and regular Army, Marine and National Guard units, too) were successful and others weren't. But what makes the story compelling and brings it to life (to me it read like a novel) are his descriptions of the individual advisors and their Iraqi counterparts. Both had much to learn from each other. The most amazing thing about the successful team that West joined is that they were all Army Reservists, not full-time professional soldiers. None had been trained as advisors, and the training they received before going to Iraq was inadequate and inappropriate for the situation in which they found themselves. They improvised and learned on the go--and some were wounded and some died. As a former Army Reservist of many years ago, I am simply awed by their courage, flexibility and devotion to duty. I'm equally awed by West's skill as a writer, because it takes a fine writer to tell a great story.
Rko
Owen West's The Snake Eaters was a book I could hardly put down, to read about some reservists being thrown into a
situation of full blown combat without the proper training with Iraqis who didn't like them and some national gaurdsman who
didn't want much to do with them, was nothing short of amazing, this is a story every American can be proud of. With a few good
men on both sides, American and Iraqi they got control of a terrorist dominated city and gave hope to the citizens who just wanted to get on with their lives,Owen West writes a great book, I recommend this book to anyone interested in the bravery of our troops in Iraq and those interested in military Advisers in Iraq.
Binar
Snake Eaters is an important read in that it gives you a different and informed view of the Iraqi War that we did not get while the war was going on. Reading this book gave me a positive reflection on this war that I never had. It did not change my overall feelings about the war but it did give me more respect for the soldiers who fought in this conflict. Ie. Iraqi advisors At times the tale seems to get redundant but as you progress through the book you appreciate the work the author put into a chronological tale that is important the whole story. I have read two other book by Iraqi vets and this rank right up there with the others.
great ant
Owen spent countless hours interviewing the actual soldiers, Marines, and interpreters that are in this book. It's an honest and forthright account of what happened to these small teams of advisors and one Iraqi Infantry battalion in their small sector of the war. Anyone who was in Al Anbar from '05 until the awakening in '07 will tell you it was utter hell. For the members of team outcast, an unlikely and at times unbelievable collection of Army reservists, Marines, interpreters, and me, it was a daily fight for survival while trying to figure out how to turn the tide. Looking back on that time and that deployment it still strikes how much the team accomplished with so little. I have two Iraq and one Afghanistan tours and I have not encountered or heard of a situation that appeared so destined to fail, yet achieved so much. It takes a special set of skills to be a good advisor. You have to able to accept large amounts of risk and be comfortable with it. This book, while not designed or intended as a 'how to' should be required reading for anyone assigned to advise foreign forces. Not all lessons are directly transferable - as an example, we did not have an insider threat, or green on blue, that is so prevalent in Afghanistan now; however, this is the account of one team that got it right.

LTC Walter Roberson
Outcast 5
Dream
This guy is pretty amazing. Great books! Bottom-line, I am a slow and easily-distracted reader and yet I rip through his books (two novels and this non-fiction, so far as I know) without interruption. Entertainment, education, inspiration, motivation. That's what I feel when engrossed in West's books. I hope he keeps pen to paper. He has a lot to say about a lot of different real-world experiences, and he weaves the story(ies) together really quite skillfully and entertainingly. The Snake Eaters book is a fascinating description of a subject that is too much ignored by our leaders and our media--counterinsurgency warfare. Read the book. Stop reading my post!
Modred
Owen West is as good an author as his father, Bing West, which says a lot. Owen does an excellent job of describing how tough the latter stages of the Iraq war was for everyone. Shooting and getting shot at appears easy compared to everything else they had to cope with. A tough book to put down.
The Snake Eaters: An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq download epub
Leaders & Notable People
Author: Owen West
ISBN: 1451655932
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: Free Press; 1st Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
Pages: 352 pages