Fighting Blind: On assignment in war-torn Iraq

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Allen & Unwin, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Heroism is found in many forms and sometimes in the most unlikely places

Australian Shane Horsburgh spent years immersed in the chaotic, adrenaline-fuelled world of high-risk policing and counterterrorism - but when the thrill wore off, he quit his job and flew into Baghdad to work for the US Department of Defense, training commandos for the post-Saddam Iraqi police force.

Life in Iraq is surreal, violent and unpredictable - and the enemy is almost impossible to pick. Shane must endure intense physical and mental stress brought on by rogue insurgents, mortar attacks, roadside bombs and fifty-degree heat, doing his best to survive while staying focused on the job. Then he meets an elderly Iraqi man, known as the Professor, in a brief encounter that changes his life . . .

'ŠThis is a great read for all blokes, and women too who want to understand us guys a little more . . . Fighting Blind is a must-read.' Glenn McGrath
 

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Contents

1Baghdad
1
2In the Deep End
10
3Solidarity
26
4The World Game
37
5Mexican StandOff
47
6The Money Train
62
7Babylon
70
8Arming the Insurgents
84
16A Fine Line
170
17Wild West
179
18Jumping through Hoops
189
19The Professor
198
20Whos Driving the Bus?
210
21A Farewell to Arms
215
22The Hills Are Alive
222
23Number Elevens
238

9Noises in the Dark
91
10Selection
95
11Sleepless
112
12Youll Need a Thick Skin
124
13From the Attic to the Basement
135
14Dead Mans Trigger
142
15What Am I Doing Here?
158
24Gentle Strength
247
25Calm and Ease
257
26Dont Mistake Kindness for Weakness
266
27Awaken the Warrior
273
EpilogueLessons Learned
283
Back cover
288
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About the author (2012)

Through his years in a NSW SWAT team and counter-terrorism units, and working for the US Department of Defense, Shane Horsburgh knows a man's world like few others. During his deployment to Iraq, Shane gained a new perspective on men's lives and the pressures placed on the today's men. Using his extensive experience, and his business and risk management skills, Shane now delivers corporate and public programs around these and other conflict resolution issues. An accomplished public speaker, Shane's now also going into schools to talk to teenage boys, addressing what it means to be a real man.

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