The Good Soldiers (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 2009 - History - 304 pages
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It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it the surge. “Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences,” he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers. About to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them.

Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home forever changed. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel was with them in Bagdad, and almost every grueling step of the way.

What was the true story of the surge? And was it really a success? Those are the questions he grapples with in his remarkable report from the front lines. Combining the action of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down with the literary brio of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, The Good Soldiers is an unforgettable work of reportage. And in telling the story of these good soldiers, the heroes and the ruined, David Finkel has also produced an eternal tale—not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars, for all time.


  

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User Review  - Tim Kennedy - Goodreads

I had to stop reading this on my commute because I was coming perilously close to crying on the subway. Essential journalism. Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Rochelle - Goodreads

This book is solidly written, but it's not for the faint of heart. While I was very interested in reading more, the library copy had to be returned and I'm not sure I'm up for more atrocities of war. Read full review

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APRIL 6 2007
MAY 7 2007
JULY 12 2007
JULY 23 2007
DECEMBER 11 2007
JANUARY 25 2008
MARCH 29 2008
APRIL 10 2008
A NOTE ON SOURCES AND METHODS
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David Finkel is a staff writer for The Washington Post, and is also the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. Finkel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.

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