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In the Company of Soldiers : A Chronicle of Combat

In the Company of Soldiers : A Chronicle of Combat - 05 edition

In the Company of Soldiers : A Chronicle of Combat - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780805077735

ISBN10: 0805077731

In the Company of Soldiers : A Chronicle of Combat by Rick Atkinson - ISBN 9780805077735
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 2005
International: No
In the Company of Soldiers : A Chronicle of Combat by Rick Atkinson - ISBN 9780805077735

ISBN13: 9780805077735

ISBN10: 0805077731

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Summary

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. 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, a brilliant military historian puts us right on the battlefield. In the Company of Soldiers is a compelling, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I Peace

1. Rough Men Stand Ready
2. Good for You and Good for Me
3. "This Thing Is Going to Go"
4. The Land of Not Quite Right
5. The Garden State

Part II War

6. "The Bold Thing Is Usually the Right Thing"
7. Enemy in the Wire
8. The Cry of Beasts in Their Desolate Houses
9. "A Man Just Sort of Exists"
10. Alexandria to Zoe
11. An Army of Bones
12. Nebuchadnezzar Goes Down
13. "War Is a Bitch"
14. At the Gates of Babylon
15. "Every Thing Has Its Place"