The Good Soldiers

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sep 15, 2009 - History - 304 pages
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The Prequel to the Bestselling Thank You for Your Service, Now a Major Motion Picture

With The Good Soldiers, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel has produced an eternal story — not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars, for all time.


It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. It became known as "the surge." Among those called to carry it out 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. The chronicle of their tour is gripping, devastating, and deeply illuminating for anyone with an interest in human conflict.

 

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Reading this felt like sitting in the dark and having a ten-ton weight slowly crush my chest. This account of soldiers during the surge in Iraq is forceful, beautifully written, and will make you ... Read full review

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I first heard about this book on This America Life where actors read excerpts from the book. Based on these excerpts I had thought the structure would be similar to “Dear America: Letters Home from ... Read full review

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Contents

APRIL 6
APRIL 14 2007
MAY 7 2007
JUNE 30 2007
JULY 12 2007
JULY 23 2007
SEPTEMBER 22 2007
OCTOBER 28 2007
DECEMBER 11 2007
JANUARY 25 2008
FEBRUARY 27 2008
MARCH 29 2008
APRIL 10 2008
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
THE 216 ROSTER OF SOLDIERS
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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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