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In The Company of Soldiers by Rick Atkinson
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Aug 11, 2008

really liked it

This is the story of one of the embedded journalists in the early days of the Iraq war. Rick Atkinson has written about war before (he found out one of his books won the Pulitzer while he was in Iraq) so his writing is a bit more sophisticated than some of the journalists who were embedded.

The book is divided into two parts, before and during. I was more interested in the before section. It was amazing to me to find out that, with all the money the US spends on intelligence, nobody had figured out way to deal with the dust storms. It actually seems that nobody even told the Army higher-ups that there might be dust storms.

While reading, you also realize that the Army leaders often didn't think they could perform the way Washington expected them to perform. The general, too, had bosses, and those bosses had to be obeyed.

Told with a journalist's objectivity, but it ends up being another indictment of Bush and his war hawks.

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