“No, we didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction. But I’ve seen mass graves in the middle of the desert. They had plastic bags set up to collect the bones of men, women, and children. Saddam Hussein was a weapon of mass destruction.” —Airman Anthony Modica, Washington Air National Guard, assigned to the 381st Expeditionary Security Forces
Vivid, moving, and harrowingly real, Heart of War: Soldier’s Voices from Iraq
gives voice to members of the most elite fighting units in the U.S. Armed Forces—the 386th Expeditionary Forces, the Armored Calvary, Delta Force, Charley Company Tank Battalion, the celebrated 101st Airborne, and the Military Intelligence Brigade—as they reveal the unvarnished truth of modern-day combat.
“Our sister company launched its first mission, going into Nairiyah to extract a U.S. marine who’d been taken by the Iraqis. They caught him, beat him, dragged him through the streets…strung him on a telephone pole. They threw his remains in a trash dumpster and mutilated it.” —Corporal Bradley Becker, Golf Company: 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines
Bristling with action and emotion, brutal, unflinching, and thought-provoking, these are the personal stories of the men and women who have fought for their lives—and ours—under the Stars and Stripes. Through their courage and honesty, they tell the ultimate insiders’ account of America’s desert war.
“The Iraqi infantry pounded us with AK-47s and RPGs from the sides. An RPG flew right over my head and hit the ground in front of my tank, exploding. Enemy troops were behind us on an overpass, raining fire on us from above. That’s when, to use a technical term, all hell started to break loose.” —Captain Steve Barry, U.S. Army, Commander of Charlie Company, Tank Battalion 4-6AR, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
is the author of Tower Stories: The Autobiography of September 11th, 2001,
which William F. Buckley praised, saying, “This volume defends the understanding, as also the horror, of that day. We are indebted to Mr. DiMarco.” DiMarco is also the coauthor (with Roy Simmons) of Out of Bounds: Coming Out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet,
which Publishers Weekly
described as “gritty, unflinching.” He is on the teaching staff at Drew University and lives in New York City. His website is www.damondimarco.com.