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The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
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Oct 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, alex-award-2010
Recommended for: teens considering joining the military, Americans looking to understand the war in Iraq
Read in October, 2009

The Good Soldiers is an intense, emotional journey to Iraq. Finkel takes the reader behind the scenes with Battalion 2-16 during their tour in Baghdad. The violence, death, fear, and injury is relentless and Finkel handles the overwhelming emotion the book provokes with a lot of professionalism and grace. He tells a thoroughly compelling story of the men of the 2-16, their tour, and it's aftermath without an agenda. He doesn't need one. The 15 months he spends with these soldiers and the stories they allow him to tell force the reader to draw their own conclusions (hint: they aren't pretty). This is a well-written, expertly crafted look at the war in Iraq.

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