In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - History - 336 pages
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From Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Rick Atkinson comes an eyewitness account of the war against Iraq and a vivid portrait of a remarkable group of soldiers

For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat. Now, in this extraordinary account of his odyssey with the 101st, Atkinson presents an intimate and revealing portrait of the soldiers who fight the expeditionary wars that have become the hallmark of our age.

At the center of Atkinson's drama stands the compelling figure of Major General David H. Petraeus, described by one comrade as "the most competitive man on the planet." Atkinson spent virtually all day every day at Petraeus's elbow in Iraq, where he had an unobstructed view of the stresses, anxieties, and large joys of commanding 17,000 soldiers in combat. Atkinson watches Petraeus wrestle with innumerable tactical conundrums and direct several intense firefights; he watches him teach, goad, and lead his troops and his subordinate commanders. And all around Petraeus, we see the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment.

With the eye of a master storyteller, the premier military historian of his generation puts us right on the battlefield. In the Company of Soldiers is a compelling, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action.


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Review: In The Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat In Iraq

User Review  - Chelsey Langland - Goodreads

Really 3.5. He is a great writer, no doubt. But he inserted too much of himself here, and it came across as an ego trip. The book is 10 years old and he made great predictions, and there is interesting stuff about logistics that I find fascinating. But again, too much Rick here. Read full review

Review: In The Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat In Iraq

User Review  - Keith Lovell - Goodreads

A nice summary of the campaign and the events surrounding it,A Petraeus lovefest but rightly deserve. Although the epilogue which details the errors of the US entering Iraq is sobering. Read full review


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Rick Atkinson was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for twenty years. His most recent assignment was covering the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. He is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (0-8050-7448-1), The Long Gray Line (0-8050-6291-2), and Crusade. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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