IN THE COMPANY OF SOLDIERS: A CHRONICLE OF COMBAT by RICK ATKINSON
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
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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