The Good Soldiers

The Good Soldiers

Book - 2009/09/15
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Relates the author's experiences as an embedded reporter with Battalion 2-16. telling the story of the surge from the perspective of the someone who worked the soldiers every day.

McMillan Palgrave

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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009/09/15
ISBN: 9780374165734
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 FIN
Characteristics: 287 p


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May 26, 2018

An exceptional book. David Finkel writes with a profound combination of compassion and insight in detailing the experiences of a U.S. Army Infantry Battalion deployed from Ft. Riley,KS to Iraq during the OIF surge period. He captures the madness of war, both the intense and the mundane, along with the emotional and physical costs paid by the Soldiers, their families, and Iraqi citizens. He writes with clear-eyed honesty, describing the heroic along with the less than laudable and never allows his care and concern for the Soldiers to devolve into sentimentality. Finkel's follow up work, Thank You For Your Service, is equally compelling. A must read.

Nov 12, 2015

The Good Soldiers by Pulitzer Prize journalist David Finkel was a difficult read. He describes the horror of the American war experience in Iraq with an unflinching eye and it was unbearably sad to read of incidents that left young Americans dead or changed for life. Set in 2007, it is also unbearably sad to know that these kind of things are still happening in the Middle East today as the death and suffering continues.

emily8 Nov 04, 2013

An honorable experience that may get some thoughtful people to discourage young people from joining the service. David Finkel certainly deserves his genius foundation award for this compelling and compassionate epic.

Oct 26, 2013

A have nothing but praise and love for this book it was written beautifully, and did not try to force ideals or opinions on you, but, rather told the sad and heart-wrenching story of a group of men who are fighting a war they know they can't win.

Mar 14, 2010

A heart-wrenching look at the sacrifice of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Finkel followed a battalion during "the surge," and what he found didn't remotely match the stories coming from Washington.

Well-written and sobering, this book isn't about the political machinations in Washington; rather, it tells the story of ordinary soldiers doing extraordinary things, and the heavy price many of them face.


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Dec 29, 2013

We believe that God created us in one day, and God will take our life in one day.

Dec 29, 2013

They were soldiers whose choices had ended when they had signed contracts and taken their oaths.

Dec 29, 2013

Trust your instincts.

Dec 29, 2013

2-16 4 INF Brigade 1st INF Division
"The Rangers"


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Jan 23, 2014

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