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In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat

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We turned around. Najaf was pacified, at least for today. Back at the middle school where No Slack had its battalion command post, Hodges told Petraeus that he had declared Ali's shrine to be a demilitarized zone, "so there's no military presence west of Highway 9." He also had issued edicts outlawing revenge killings, but allowing the looting of Baath Party or Fedayeen properties. "You see guys walking down the street with desks, office chairs, lights, curtains," Hodges said, and I wondered whether authorized pilfering was a slippery slope toward anarchy.

Before we walked back outside, Chris Hughes showed me a terrain model that had been

discovered in a bathroom stall in a Baathist headquarters. Built on a sheet of plywood, roughly five feet by three feet, it depicted the Iraqi plan for Najaf's defense. Green toy soldiers, representing the Americans, stood below the escarpment on the southwestern approach to the city. Red toy soldiers, representing the Iraqis, occupied revetments along the perimeter avenues, with fallback positions designated in the city center. The model included little plastic cars, plastic palm trees, even plastic donkeys. Nowhere did I see JDAMs, Apaches, Kiowas, Hellfires, or signs of reality.

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ISBN:
9780805077735
Author:
Atkinson, Rick
Publisher:
Owl Books (NY)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
HIS036070
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-pp. insert; 2 maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.52 x 0.97 in

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"A beautifully written and memorable account of combat from the top down and bottom up as the 101st Airborne commanders and front-line grunts battle their way to Baghdad.... A must-read."—Tom Brokaw

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.

"Synopsis" by , Intimate, vivid, and well-informed . . . On the field of battle where more than 770 journalists were 'embedded, ' Atkinson stood apart as one of the very rare war correspondents who are also fine military historians.

--The New York Times Book Review

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.

Rick Atkinson was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years. He is the bestselling author of The Day of Battle, An Army at Dawn, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many awards include the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing and Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C. 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, wry, and revealing portrait of the soldiers who fight the expeditionary conflicts that have become the hallmark of our age.

Granted complete access to the commanders and troops of the 101st, Atkinson saw their war from the preparations in Kuwait through the occupation of Baghdad. He sat in on the daily briefings as the division's attack were planned, and then watched from the front lines as the battles were fought. As the war unfolded, he witnesses the division's struggles to overcome a murderous attack by one of its own soldiers, a disastrous Apache helicopter raid, and fierce resistance from guerrilla diehards in Najaf, Karbala, and Hilla. Throughout, Atkinson saw that no matter how much the military stressed stand off killing power--the ability to inflict great damage from a relatively safe distance--the Army's success ultimately depended on the courage of soldiers who engage the enemy directly.

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 much of his time in Iraq at Petraeus's elbow, where he had an unobstructed view of the stresses, anxieties, and large joys of commanding 17,000 soldiers in combat. Atkinson observes Petraeus wrestle with innumerable tactical conundrums; he sees him teach, goad, and lead his troops and subordinate commanders in several intense battles. All around Petraeus, we watch the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment. But even as the military wins an overwhelming victory, we also see portents 26of the battles that would haunt the occupation in the long months ahead.

With the eye of a master storyteller, the premier military historian of his generation puts us on the battlefield and inside the U.S. Army. In the Company of Soldiers is a dramatic, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action.

An admirable tale . . . An intimate look inside an army at war . . . An engaging and accurate view of life on the ground during the Iraq war.--James Janega, Chicago Tribune

Atkinson's deep knowledge of the U.S. Military, combined with his reporting skills and fluid writing style, have yielded this] superb book about the fall of Iraq.--Steve Weinberg, The Denver Post

A fine book . . . You'd expect that] In the Company of Soldiers would be the most intimate, vivid, and well-informed account yet published of those major combat operations that President Bush declared at an end on May 1, 2004. And it is . . . On the field of battle where more than 770 journalists were 'embedded, ' Atkinson stood apart as one of the very rare war correspondents who are also fine military historians.--Christopher Dickey, The New York Times Book Review

A beautifully written and memorable account of combat from the top down and bottom up as the 101st Airborne commanders and front-line grunts battle their way to Baghdad . . . A must read.--Tom Brokaw

A fascinating first-hand account that] brings to life the lot of the common soldier.--The Economist

A] brilliant account of the actual war.--Robert D. Novak, The Washington Post

An exceptional achievement, one as strong as the author's] Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn. With a skill rarely seen in the genre of military narratives, Atkinson tells a compelling story about the war and the modern American military that fought it.--The Indianapolis Star

A balanced but unflinching look at the mechanics, politics, an

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