I found “The Good Soldiers” to be a tender portrait of the American boys fighting the war in Iraq during the 2007 “surge”. It is spellbindingly written by David Finkel, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Washington Post, who spent eight months with the 2-16, an 800 man Batallion, in Rustamiya – a dusty, filthy, and violent city outside of Baghdad. It reveals the war within the men themselves as they struggle to be decent, “good soldiers”, in a terrifying environment. It starts with their journey from Ft. Riley, Kansas, where they depart with pride and fear, and slowly reveals the real raw drama these men faced every day. This book made me understand what happened and maybe, just maybe, what it felt like for these soldiers, as they come home from war.

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