Peter Maass, The Toppling

January 18, 2011  |  permalink

The Literature of 3/4

There are a number of books about 3/4, the Third Battalion Fourth Marines, which toppled the statue at Firdos Square. John Koopman, who was an embedded reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle, wrote “McCoy’s Marines: Darkside to Baghdad.” Jack Coughlin and Casey Kuhlman, a sniper team in the battalion, co-wrote “Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper.” Bing West, a former Marine and Defense Department official, co-wrote with Ray Smith “The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines.” Nick Popaditch, a gunnery sergeant in the battalion, wrote “Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander’s Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage and Recovery.” And last but not least, Bryan McCoy, the battalion’s commander, wrote “Passion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership.”

About The Toppling by Peter Maass

On April 9, 2003, American Marines toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square in Baghdad. Broadcast across the world, the event symbolized what was thought to be an American victory in Iraq. My reconstruction, written with support from ProPublica and the Shorenstein Center, was published in The New Yorker. This section contains documents, photos, videos and links related to the story.

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