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In The Company of Soldiers by Rick Atkinson
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Jun 11, 10

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Read from June 02 to 10, 2010

I found the book interesting, though not as engaging as Generation Kill. I suspect in part this is due to the strategic-level perspective of much of the book. I found my interest to be greatest when he was discussing his experiences and those of the people around him. It may be that for those that followed the invasion, the strategy is well known and what's interesting is the experience of the people, American and Iraqi, living through it.

I think the book also paints an interesting view of General Petraeus currently in charge of CENTCOM, who is being courted by the Republican Party as a potential presidential or vice-president candidate. Notable in Atkinson's depiction of Petraeus was his ambition.

Certainly this is well worth the read. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the Liberation Trilogy written by Atkinson.
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