Description - Bristol'S Bastards by Nick Maurstad
Minnesotas toughest farm boys take on Iraqi insurgents in one of the most irreverent and outrageous memoirs to come out of the war Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard, composed in large part of farm kids from the Midwest who could replace a tank track on the side of the road using nothing but a crescent wrench, Zippo lighter, and a two-by-four, fought alongside the Marine Corps in Anbar province through the deadliest period of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bravo Company earned the nickname Bristols Bastards after USMC Colonel George Bristol, commanding officer of the I MEF Headquarters Group, adopted this band of fierce warriors as one of his own. Specialist Nick Maurstad, a member of Bristols Bastards, brings to life the experience of fighting in Iraq, kicking down doors, dodging IEDs, battling insurgents in the small towns surrounding Fallujah, and trying to help one another survive in the deadliest place on earth. Maurstad lost three friends in Iraq, and a friendly demeanor belies his own frustrations. He has intense memories, such as disarming an insurgent who was raising a handgun to shoot while in bed with his wife and children. . . . His mental hurdle for now is visiting the graves of the friends he lost.St. Paul Pioneer Press,October 28, 2007
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Author Biography - Nick Maurstad
Nick Maurstad was a member of the Minnesota National Guard's Bravo Company, which by early 2007 was the most senior unit on Camp Fallujah. Bravo Company discovered a torture house and rescued its victims; helped reduce the amount of IEDs and indirect fire attacks by more than seventy percent; and captured twenty-six known terrorists, including seven al Qaeda operatives in one operation. The unit earned high esteem across Camp Fallujah because of the safety and security they brought to the immediate area, a dramatic contrast to the rest of Iraq.Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to over 30 books on subjects ranging from Gibson Les Paul guitars and extraordinary goats in mythology to motorcycles and muscle cars, including the best-selling Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling;Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade; Camaro: Five Generations of Performance; BMW Motorcycles; The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection; GTO: Pontiac's Great One; Hemi Muscle Cars; Camaro Forty Years; Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles; and many others. He is the senior editor for Motorbooks, where he has worked for the past fourteen years.