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Journalist and former soldier Kennedy makes a solid contribution to a growing body of frontline reportage from Iraq in this account based on her series of articles in Army Times. The book tells the story of a rifle company's fight against long odds in a Baghdad neighborhood. Adhamiya was No One's Land, a place of random violence dominated by insurgents and criminals. The 1/26th Infantry did 15 months there, took more casualties than any U.S. battalion since Vietnam, and completed its tour with at least a simulacrum of civil order restored. Kennedy's account of Adhamiya's costs to Charlie Company is shaped by her own military service in Desert Storm. Urban combat, counterinsurgency, and civic action combined in a toxic brew that made mental health injuries more prevalent than physical ones. But to endure the fears, nightmares and grief, men had to look out for each other. That mutual caring brought Charlie Company through. It gives Kennedy her title, informs her work, and above all reaffirms the scars war leaves on those who fight. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Mar. 2)
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This better-than-most Iraq story deals with a company of the 26th Infantry Regiment that in the 2007 surge suffered heavier casualties than did any other such unit. It was engaged in one of the most hostile sections of Bagdad; one popular NCO committed suicide; one platoon effectively mutinied; and altogether, the company passed through a grim year. About all that kept the men sane and fighting was a rare degree of unit cohesion, which we see through the eyes of a number of key people, well-characterized by embedded Army Times reporter Kennedy, who despite her service ties paints the Iraq War warts and all. An honorable addition to Iraq War literature. --Roland GreenSee all Editorial Reviews
This was recommended to me by a member of the Charlie company. Very factual rendition of what a card. God bless our troops!Published 9 days ago by Laura Kirk
Great book. I bought it because it was about a Army unit that was in my Brigade.Published 16 days ago by ernest d. monroe
I could not put this book down ,it was first rate and I have read many books on this subject matter, These soldiers more than deserve to have their story told and America needs to... Read morePublished 26 days ago by michael coyle
This book is really gut wrenching. It is a story that needs to be told, many times to anyone who will listen, or hear read about it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas M. Magee
Shows the true reality of war and the relationships of a close group of true America hero s.Published 2 months ago by Patricia A. Wolford
This book is asbout my son in law and his company of us soldiers who fought in Iraq.Published 2 months ago by Jack Merrill
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