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They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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Kelly is a wonderful person, who wrote a wonderful book that vividly portrays the actuality of war.
Thank you, Kelly, for writing this. Thank you, 1/26...Charlie Company are Warriors...
Let us not forget that many were lost during that fifteen months...Much love to my fellow Blue Spaders!
It is never preachy and rarely emphasises overly-exaggerated heroics. The truth is good enough. And, it's a real accomplishment that Kennedy pulled so much of this reporting together, considering she was present for very little of it. It takes an enormous amount of organization to create a narrative like this, grafting numerous sources and timelines all together.
My only 'complaint' is that Kennedy herself is missing TOO much. She was present for SOME of the events, and it would have been a good shift to see her perspective a little more clearly - not as a biography, but just so we can get a more personal look at these events, rather than ALL reportage. And, since she's an Army war veteran herself, that perspective was one that could have brought an interesting new level to the story. It's her story, too, so why not utilize her own experiences and observations a little more? In David Finkel's great book, "The Good Soldiers," he never 'appears' in the narrative, but it's clear to the reader when he's actually present for events, and that style is something that might have worked for Kennedy as well.
At times, the entire book seemed a little too 'newspapery' and not literary enough. Which makes sense, since it began as a newspaper series. That's not a negative critique - just reality.Read more ›
In this book, the leadership seems to have done things pretty much right. The author reports on a unit that, despite numerous deaths and woundings, maintains its cohesion in the face of near-daily casualites, and who manage to take decent control of their AO despite conflict between Sunnis and Shi'ites, Mahdists and the government, the insurgents, and between pretty much everyone and the Americans. The first thing is officers who give a damn about their troops, were committed to them and show it; next, the troops take responsibility for themselves. Good supply and support helped a lot. Having a place where they could retreat from the pressures of being constantly at risk, where they could depressurize a little (albeit not very much, but enough). Finally, the men were bonded with one another far better than Bravo Company of 1/502d in Black Hearts.
The men in the two books don't seem to have been all that much different, but the 1/26 seems to have had a more workable mix of men. The experiences of the two units seem pretty similar in intensity and difficulty, but the units each responded differently in ways critical to their well-being.
The recent publication of books about units in Iraq has been very eye-opening for me, and I think it should be for all readers interested in trying to get a flavor of the experience of our combat troops at war in these present days. They Fought For Each Other is an outstanding addition to that body of literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic nonfiction read. It really helped me understand better what today's soldiers are doing.Published 5 months ago by Jenn
My brother served in this unit. The world sometimes thinks reality is what they see on the news. This is an important story to tell.Published 9 months ago by Aimee Griffith
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 months ago by Laura Kirk
Great book. I bought it because it was about a Army unit that was in my Brigade.Published 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months ago by Thomas M. Magee
Shows the true reality of war and the relationships of a close group of true America hero s.Published 11 months ago by Patricia A. Wolford