A Month is an irreverent look at the first modern American
war to extensively rely upon Reservists as combatants. Through the
eyes of an eight-man civil affairs squad, Team Jaguar, the Iraq
War is stripped of its righteous veneer and revealed to be fear,
suffering, and chaos.
Major Trevanthan, the Jaguar Team leader and small town attorney
from Pennsylvania, becomes disillusioned with the ill-planned and
poorly executed US mission to impose democracy upon a society that
does not value the concept. Searching for meaning in his environment,
Trevanathan resolves to save a critically ill Iraqi orphan.
As his well intentioned efforts are repeatedly frustrated, the increasingly
cynical officer learns that in war, the enemy is not only the opposing
military force; sometimes it is the self-interest of your own superiors
and the indifference of the society you are trying to help.
This is a tale of sacrifice, loss of faith, and redemption set in
the land of diminishing returns - Iraq.
Craig Trebilcock has written an incisive, biting, unflinchingly
honest tale that illuminates the real stories of our misadventure
in Iraq. - Bernard Edelman, Editor of Dear America: Letters Home
from Viet Nam.
The author is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was
decorated for valor. As a JAG and Civil Affairs officer during the
invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, then Lieutenant Colonel
Trebilcock coordinated reconstruction of the Iraqi legal system
in Southern Iraq. His purpose in writing this book is to reveal
the side of the Iraq War that neither the general Press nor the
White House show the American people.