This book is about providing combat leadership in an environment of risk aversion, which characterized the atmosphere in Baghdad, Iraq in September, 2006. This true story is not just a historical "war book" but rather one on leadership, with lessons that can be applied to the corporate or military worlds. It is a primer in how to provide proper leadership when the stakes are high and the far easier path would be to maintain the status quo. "Crisis in Baghdad" takes place during a time of great adversity in Iraq and certainly was a tipping point for the war there. The book centers around an experienced commander who solved dangerous problems, moved forward toward winning the war and protected his people from harm - while costing himself an upcoming promotion.
This exciting tale is about a desperate race against time to keep the enemy from discovering the weaknesses of a critical base and winning an easy propaganda victory that could turn the war. It's about making critical decisions that would reduce the potential for casualties because dangerous situations existed there that could have caused harm or death to hundreds of Americans. The only reason that no servicemen had been killed previously, due to these unidentified problems, was just blind luck and/or the grace of God. While this book focuses on leadership issues, its intent is to demonstrate that one person can make a difference, especially when the path of least resistance would have been to do only the minimum required to make it through the tour and be awarded a medal. You can find out how the "millennials" fared in the latest American conflicts and if they measure up against previous wartime generations. This book covers many aspects of the Iraq War, warts and all, and shows the right and wrong things a leader of a military unit or corporation can do while in charge of hundreds of personnel in a dangerous arena.
CRISIS IN BAGHDAD is available, in either print or kindle format, at Amazon.com