Small Wars Journal

Danny Sjursen


Major Danny Sjursen is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point.  A native of Staten Island, NY, he graduated West Point and led reconnaissance units in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He earned his MA in History from the University of Kansas and pursuing a PhD in History on the subject of Civil Rights in New York City.  His recent book, a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War is titled: GHOSTRIDERS OF BAGHDAD: SOLDIERS, CIVILIANS, AND THE MYTH OF THE SURGE (University Press of New England, 2015).  His work appears on TomDispatch, War on the Rocks, The Nation, WhoWhatWhy, and the Kansas City Star.

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