Packed for the Wrong Trip: A New Look inside Abu Ghraib and the Citizen-Soldiers Who Redeemed America’s Honor

Skyhorse
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“Ably describes the delicate relationship between the Iraqi prisoners and their overworked captors . . . A tough and vivid account of war and redemption” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
The prison at Abu Ghraib was still a relatively unknown part of America’s War on Terror when—with no special training and their gear lost somewhere between the United States and Baghdad—the 152nd Field Artillery Battalion of the Maine National Guard was sent there to serve as guards in February 2004. Just before their arrival, the now infamous photos of the abuses suffered by the prisoners hit the world stage. Abu Ghraib became the focal point not only for global condemnation but for the insurgents’ outrage.
 
Over the next year, the 152nd would come under attack by snipers, suicide bombers, vehicle-borne IEDs, and constant rocket and mortar fire. Yet at the same time, the Mainers would form close bonds with some of the prisoners, among them an Iraqi boy struck by a mortar in one of two mass casualty events, and Kamal, a community leader who acted as an envoy between the detainees and the soldiers and yet was assassinated after his release for helping the Americans.
 
The men of the 152nd were an eclectic group of citizen-soldiers caught in one of the darkest corners of the war in Iraq. Packed for the Wrong Trip reveals how they relied on each other and their own ingenuity to survive and to transform one of the most inhumane detainee centers into a functioning, humane prison—or as close to one as you could get when tucked between Baghdad and the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
 
“Puts you right in the middle of a very personal war inside the barbed wire at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison camp. Combat correspondent W. Zach Griffith’s darkly brilliant book will make you laugh, make you cry, and most of all, make you ask why. If you wonder what we did to our enemies—and to ourselves—in Iraq, read this book.” —Daniel P. Bolger, lieutenant general, US Army, ret., author of Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
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About the author

W. Zach Griffith served as a combat correspondent in the United States Marine Corps for eight years. He has published hundreds of articles and thousands of photographs for the US military and was the recipient of the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award for his work as a broadcast journalist. His latest project, Packed for the Wrong Trip is the true story of Maine National Guard soldiers serving at Abu Ghraib prison following the torture scandal of 2004 and is his first book. He lives in Portland, Maine.
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Apr 27, 2016
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Pages
252
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ISBN
9781628726466
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Middle East / Iraq
History / Military / United States
History / United States / 21st Century
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