“Let me be direct. The Good Soldiers by David Finkel is the most honest, most painful, and most brilliantly rendered account of modern war I’ve ever read. I got no exercise at all the day I gulped down its 284 riveting pages.” —Daniel Okrent, Fortune
“Over and over, I cried. I endured nightmares. I have read hundreds of books about war and almost two dozen books about the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Most of them affected me. But none has affected me as deeply as The Good Soldiers.” —Steve Weinberg, The Kansas City Star
“[A] new classic . . . the reader cannot get enough . . . As a compelling read, The Good Soldiers is all good.” —J. Ford Huffman, Military Times
“David Finkel has written the most unforgettable book of the Iraq War, a masterpiece that will far outlast the fighting.” —David Maraniss, author of They Marched into Sunlight
“From a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer at the height of his powers comes an incandescent and profoundly moving book: powerful, intense, enraging. This may be the best book on war since the Iliad.” —Geraldine Brooks, author of People of the Book and March
“This is the best account I have read of the life of one unit in the Iraq War. It is closely observed, carefully recorded, and beautifully written. David Finkel doesn’t just take you into the lives of our soldiers, he takes you deep into their nightmares.” —Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco and The Gamble
“Brilliant, heartbreaking, deeply true. The Good Soldiers offers the most intimate view of life and death in a twenty-first-century combat unit I have ever read. Unsparing, unflinching, and, at times, unbearable.” —Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle
"Vivid and moving . . .Finkel’s keen firsthand reportage, its grit and impact only heightened by the literary polish of his prose, gives us one of the best accounts yet of the American experience in Iraq." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A superb account of the burdens soldiers bear." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
David Finkel is a senior writer-in-residence at the Center for a New American Security and the national enterprise editor at The Washington Post. He is the recipient of the MacArther "Genius" Fellowship. Finkel won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the only way I have had to really understand the sacrifices made by soldiers--and their families.
Even though you only get to know a couple of the soldiers in any depth, the reality and suffering portrayed in this book will probably make you cry more than once.
I was very impressed at how well David Finkel captured the emotion of this deployment that I was a part of.
Found this account of the war a compelling read ! RIP those that lost there lives of 2-16 battalion.Published 1 day ago by Kerryn
Heard Raphael on 774 radio talking about this book and the subsequent book called Thank You for Your Service, and he said it was the best non- fiction book he had read. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pamela Wood
This is an outstanding book that delivers an accurate depiction of the emotional roller coaster (sans the highs) of what it is like to be in combat for 15 months..... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mark Seery
I'm glad I finally read it
it has been sitting for a long time as I had trouble starting it
I advise anyone who is tired of our wars to read it
Outstanding account of how life really is for those involved in Iraq. This book built within me with a greater respect and value for those willing to serve. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Steve
Fast paced and extremely well-written by a journalist who got close-up to the whole ugly scene. So tragic (as are all conflicts and wars of any nature) that so many lives had to be... Read morePublished 23 days ago by William D. Brisbane