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The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
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Mar 20, 11

Read from March 15 to 17, 2011

It is one thing to realize that you have turned into your mother, it is quite another to turn into your dad. I remember a teenage point in my life where I counted all the 'military' books in our house, I was trying to prove a point that we were not like 'normal' families, most 14 year olds do not read Colin powell's biography. my dad was brainwashing me...

Okay, so my point is that this book is astonishing, I can not believe that I am just now reading it. the author takes a genuine interest in the men and women (wives) and for the most part sheds a balanced fair light on them. this book reminds me of the fact that that for a long time my dad was not just taking care of a family but for extended amounts of time risking his life and protecting the lives of others who were in his care as a pilot. It also reminded me, that my mom was a single mom for many years having to provide for the family in every way possible. It is a true blessing to have survived a military life and this book is a solemn and sober reminder to the humanity behind the military, which is so often portrayed as a machine. so thanks dad, my interest in the military and the history surrounding it has finally been piqued!
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