Lt. Col. (Ret.) Nathan Sassaman with Joe Layden
St. Martin's Griffin
The startling and controversial memoir of combat and betrayal, written by one of the most prominent members of the U.S. fighting forces in Iraq.
A West Point graduate, a former star quarterback who carried Army to its first bowl victory, and a courageous warrior who had proven himself on the battlefield time and again, Lt. Col. Nathan Sassaman was one of the most celebrated officers in the United States military. He commanded more than eight hundred soldiers in the heart of the insurgency-ravaged Sunni Triangle in Iraq; his unit’s job was to seek out and eliminate terrorists and loyalists to Saddam Hussein, while rebuilding the region’s infrastructure.
Yet Sassaman will always be known for a fateful decision to cover up the alleged drowning of an Iraqi by his men, where they purportedly forced two detainees to jump into the Tigris River. The Army initially charged three soldiers with manslaughter and a fourth with assault—the first time troops who served in Iraq had been charged with a killing in connection with the handling of detainees. Sassaman’s decision led to his downfall, despite an impressive career, and sent shockwaves through the American military.
Warrior King is the explosive memoir of one of the most deeply involved members of the U.S. military in Iraq. This is the first book to take readers from the overnight brutality of combat, to the daunting daytime humanitarian tasks of rebuilding Iraq, to the upper echelons of the Pentagon to show how and why the war has gone horribly wrong.
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Lt. Col. (Ret.) Nathan Sassaman's book Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq, the startling and controversial memoir, written by one of the most prominent members of the U.S. fighting forces in Iraq.
“A valuable insider’s look at the many-layered ramifications of the American-Iraqi tragedy of errors.” —Kirkus Reviews