Troublemakers: The Greatest Dog and Pony Show in Iraq

by Stephen Russell

Stephen Russell presents a brutally honest account of his experiences as an infantry soldier during his deployment in Iraq.

Fueled by a sense of duty and a desire for personal redemption, Russell shares the untold stories of his band of brothers, dispelling the notion of heroism and challenging the societal constructs that surround it. With brutal honesty and a refusal to conform to conventional narratives, this memoir offers an intimate portrayal of the humanity behind the war, exposing the complex emotions, moral dilemmas, and sacrifices faced by soldiers on the front lines. It presents a stark contrast between the harshness of combat and the illusion of patriotism, urging readers to confront the uncomfortable truths that lie beneath the surface of military culture.

Through vivid descriptions, poignant reflections, and unfiltered personal accounts, Troublemakers serves as a poignant reminder of the fragile nature of humanity, a tribute to unsung heroes, and a powerful critique of the societal systems they serve.  He ends with a call to action for American culture and society to understand our complicity and responsibility in the Iraq war, and how this has shaped our current lives and events.