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Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  36 reviews
While On Hallowed Ground chronicled the history of the cemetery, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery is the powerful contemporary biography of a five-acre plot where many of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been laid to rest alongside service members from earlier wars.

Gifted writer and reporter Robert Poole opens the story with preparations for Memorial Day,
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA (first published May 27th 2014)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot about this specific and very special section of Arlington National Cemetery. Also, if you are going to read this book, have the tissues handy -- I guarantee that you are going to need them.

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The Gold Star Mothers of America, founded in 1928 for those who had lost sons in World War I, now represents all families with loved ones killed in wartime. Following a tradition begun in the last century, Gold Star families often hang a
Wesley Roth
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Most of the recent arrivals in Section 60 come from Iraq and Afghanistan, but they rest among warriors from earlier conflicts: from Vietnam, Korea, and even World War II. " Section 60 was a fluidly written story of the brave soldiers that risked everything to defend our great country. I started reading this book on Veterans Day. It is a sobering and sad read, but really brings the reader graveside, among the family, friends and comrades who visit Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery daily. ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book documenting the soldiers buried in section 60. As the daughter of a Section 66 Marine I felt the stories reflected how anyone who has been there feels about this hallowed ground.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
Robert Poole writes well researched and moving stories about the heroes buried at Arlington and the survivors left to mourn them in Section 60. Poole covered a variety of stories from the first casualties of the Global War on Terror, the suffering families of PTSD, the unlikely faces of terrorists, IED casualties, friendly fire casualties and repatriation of long dead soldiers from wars past. America has come a long way through each war/conflict in recognizing the sacrifice many have made in lar ...more
patrick Lorelli
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-war
This is a very well researched book with some awesome stories in it. The author also goes into the Old Guard and the hours they train and practice for a funeral, drilling, folding the flag , proper spacing and being line for the rifle salute to name a few. There are 56 soldiers and over 60 horses, and they still follow the tradition started from the civil war. The Marine Corps. Who have their Barracks at 8th and I Streets, S.E. IN Washington, where they have held the ground since 1801. They prac ...more
J. Ewbank
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Robert Poole has written a book that will capture the minds and hearts of people. He takes section 69 from ArlingtonNational Cemetery and tells the stories about some of the men who found their way into the cemetery. When I first received the book I was not sure that it would be very interesting, to discuss a part of the national cemetery, but by giving us the stories of how the men came to reside in the cemetery, their families etc. it was a wonderful book and I did not want it to end. Great jo ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

This book does a great job of capturing your attention and holding on to it. I thought it was interesting the way the author did the writing for this book,. It was itneresting to read some of the stories of the men in that section of the cemetery. I will admit I was a little iffy about whether I would enjoy this book, but by the end of the book I really did enjoy it. i can even see myself reading similar books like this. I would definitely recomm
Samantha Childers
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The kind of book that every patriotic American should read. I couldn't put it down. This book was haunting, and I will definitely read it again. I won this book from Good Reads Early Reads, and I love it. I would definitely recommend it. ...more
Andy Weiss
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war, veteran-s
An excellent sharing of the stories of a few of service members and their families. The diverse nature of these individuals, and different manner of their deaths while their service to our country unites them all with many more in Section 60...
Debra Mccall
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
Very moving. Wish I had read this book before visiting Arlington National Cemetery.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was fascinated by this book. A great read!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Just like the title says, this book is about Section 60 at Arlington. It's a good introduction to the cemetery, but views everything through the lens of the section where active-duty deaths from the current conflicts are laid to rest.

There is a small amount of big picture history here along with some coverage of the people who make the operation of the cemetery possible, but the biggest share of the content focuses on around a diverse group of around dozen individuals and how they came to be bu
Marc S. Dickerman
I recently took an interest in Arlington National Cemetery and the Old Guard. This was the third book on the subject I have read. Section 60 is full of historical information of Arlington. Heartwarming stories behind some of the honored dead breakfast bye this section to life I strongly recommend this book
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author brings the men to life who died while serving the country through family interviews and photos, while illustrating the families loss and grief.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military, historical
A personal and often heart breaking look at the section of Arlington National Cemetery where the majority of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been laid to rest since 2001.
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
I was first introduced to Poole's writing through On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery which I read while visiting Arlington earlier this year. This newer title focuses on the Veterans laid to rest in Section 60, primarily those who didn't survive Iraq, Afghanistan and other recent conflicts-whether they died in combat, in a training accident, from PTSD or other causes. Like with Hallowed Ground, Poole's writing brings these subjects to live - their stories and their fami ...more
Robert Sparrenberger
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I ride by Arlington Cemetery two times a week on my way to work. I often glance up at Arlington House and can see the tombstones of many fallen heroes as I ride by on Metro. Every time I visit Arlington I am no different than other tourists and we visit the popular spots at the cemetery. The next time I go I will take a left hand turn and leave the crowds as they head up the long walk to visit JFK and make my way over to section 60 to pay my respects to our latest heroes.

I have read Mr. Poole's
Mary V
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won SECTION 60: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY: WHERE WAR COMES HOME, by Robert M. Poole as a GoodReads give away. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very interesting and gave quite a bit of information about Arlington Cemetery, as well as the stories of some of our service men and women who are buried there. The book was well written to be interesting and emotional but not a tear-jerker. The statistics were very much eye opening as to the sheer number of casualties our armed services hav ...more
Lisa Dreesman
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How fitting that I read this over the Memorial Day weekend, and am so glad that I did. Section 60 is the final resting place for soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as those whose remains have recently been located and identified from previous wars. Author Poole honestly but respectfully highlights the backstories of a number of fallen soldiers, many whom have died in combat but also those who have brought the war home with them and could only see one means of escape. Poole brings ...more
Mike Emett
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I actually have an ARC that I won from a goodreads giveaway a couple years ago that I finally got around to read, so I knew I'd be seeing some grammatical mistakes and other editing issues. I also I know that my copy is not complete like the official edition out now. Nevertheless, this was such a tear jerking, touching and moving work. You feel both proud and saddened. Selfishly, I hoped to come across a friend's name, Sgt. Lucas Pyeatt, who is buried in section 60, but I know his story gets tol ...more
This is a very interesting and thought provoking read about the inhabitants of one section of Arlington National Cemetery, most of whom fought in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Afghanistan. The author indirectly says a great deal about who is fighting (and dying in) America's wars, and--perhaps not coincidentally--how it is that so few Americans seem to realize there is still a war going on. Each separate chapter is fascinating in its own way.

I would very much like to have a copy of t
Book Riot
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book on the history and emotional stories of Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery. It was eye opening as to the shear number of service members lost in recent wars and the wide range of circumstances that brought them to rest in Section 60. The author, Robert M. Poole, did much research on the topic and put that data together with interviews to create a very interesting book.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I visited Arlington Cemetery on Veteran's Day and was deeply moved by the ceremonies. This book has added to my respect of our military. The professionalism and care that goes on in Section 60 should make every American proud. The personal story of these graves brings home the many sacrifices that our soldiers make for our country. I highly recommend this book. Next time I am in DC, I will visit Section 60 and pay my respects to those buried there. ...more
Ami  Neiberger-Miller
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book shares the stories of families of fallen troops who are laid to rest in section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery. I know many of these families personally, am interviewed in the book, and helped the author connect with some of the families. Mr. Poole truly walked the rows alongside our families and tried to capture our stories in a way that was truthful and honored what our loved ones gave this country. I am proud to have been part of this book and hope more people read it.
Read Ng
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
In honor of Memorial Day 2015, I found this book.

It will bring tears to your eyes. A well written series of stories behind some of our country's fallen heroes. I've been to Arlington a few times and have always found it a moving experience. We don't seem to appreciate all that our military has done for this country over the centuries. I salute the brave men and women serving our country.

Have a GoodReads.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great book to read before Veteran's Day. I found the information about the funeral traditions and tombstones interesting. The book definitely makes you reflect on the effect war can have on individuals and families. I have been to Arlington Cemetery several times, but this book has given me an even greater appreciation for our country's service men and women. ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC of this book on Goodreads. I liked the book. It touches your heart and will bring tears to your eyes. I live in northern Virginia, not far from Arlington. I see a beautiful place that also brings so much sadness. So Many, So Young.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
One cannot help but be moved by the stories of men and women interred at Arlington. This book helped demonstrate that each gravestone tells a story.

(The 4 star rating comes mainly from the final chapter which did not go with the rest of the book. )
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very well written book. Solid stories of soldiers, their families, and Section 60 of Arlington Cemetery. I am impressed to find a book that can tell these stories as they are, with no judgement for or against war, making these soldiers and their families simply humans.
Rebecca Lewis
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonder book and makes me want to make a trip back to ANC!
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