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Nov 18

Boots on the Ground

The Heritage Foundarion's Lehrman Auditorium

Boots on the Ground quickly becomes an action-filled microcosm of the new kinds of ultramodern war fighting showcased in the overall battle for Iraq. At the same time it remains specific to the daily travails of the soldiers. Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter who traveled with the 82nd, vividly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat.

What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and a steady diet of field rations for weeks on end? Readers of this day-to-day diary are left with not only a flashing sequence of strong mental images, but also a notion of the sounds and smells and physical sensations that make modern military action unforgettable.

"Karl Zinsmeister's splendid report from within the maelstrom of combatdemonstrates how the public can benefit when America's superb military is closely observedby a superb reporter." - George F. Will

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featuring author Karl Zinsmeister

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Jack Spencer Jack Spencer

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