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  1. Interesting Point-of-View 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Dec 2012

    Not finished with this book, yet. However, Mike is both insightful and quite a wordsmith as he describes his interactions with non-Americans. I look forward to finishing the book.

    Mike graciously inscribed my copy. The turn-around on my order was exceptionally quick.

  2. A truthful recounting of life as an advisor to the Iraqi Air Force 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Nov 2012

    What an awesome read! The book covered an all-American journey down Mike's history that led to his role as an Air Advisor to the Iraqi Air Force, and then transitioned to a first-hand account of one man in an extremely complex and volatile environment. While our warriors fought the battles necessary to provide time for the Iraqi gov't to stand up, others fought a different kind of war: maneuvering the clash zone where many countries and cultures collided in an effort to rebuild a capable Iraqi gov't. If you wish to read a different kind of story, where Americans reach their hands out in friendship in a war zone to help people we've never met, this is the book. As a fellow advisor in the same unit I've struggled with how to tell my own family what it was like... and I've given them this book to help them understand. Mike's humor will keep you smiling even while you grapple with the range of emotions induced by the conflict. Contained in this book are countless examples of why America truly is a great nation, populated by wonderful people. This book rates 5/5 stars, but only because 10 isn't an option.

  3. Intellectually Honest and Inspiring 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Nov 2012

    Read this book and found it to be very revealing about the struggle of the Iraqi People who suffered under Sadaam and from al qaeda in Iraq. This story shows us that the cost of our involvement in Iraq was costly, but the cost to the Iraqi people even higher before liberation. I would say we need to ask our free press why is it this was hidden from us?

  4. Makes you laugh and laugh; then cry; excellent read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2012

    "Mike Banzet's story is insightful, funny, personal, at times deeply moving, and always thoughtful. His work with the Iraqis gave him a valuable perspective on the Iraq war and why we fought it, or more properly, who we fought it for. He's knowledgeable, opinionated, and has a lot to share. You may not agree with everything he says, but he was the guy doing it, and it's a worthwhile story."