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on April 20, 2011
With a name like "Kill or Capture" this book could have risen to be included in the pantheon of great war books. As it is, it's not worth a glance. Written at a 5th grade level, we can sum up the entire book in four sentences: the desert is hot, the bad guys are evil and with amazingly little effort or drama, the good guys can win. No context is given, no historical background or description of the larger war any author could have gleaned from Time Magazine to add a little color. The same descriptions and small words are used over and over. The way this book is written these events could have occurred in Berlin or Bogota or Saigon. The author whitewashes every major event and decision except for torture, which he barely covers except to repeat over and over how bad it is. I am totally against torture but the excessive moral hand wringing over in this book is laid on with a trowel yet there is absolutely no discussion of what torture is, who's doing it, when and if it happened or any insight into the moral dilemma or hazard it involves, just the statement, again written as if the reader is a child, "Torture is naughty." It's extremely disappointing because this book had so much potential but the author was so excessively timid with the subject matter and the characters that any color, drama, controversy, description or phrasing is totally absent. If you're going to write a book about the job of military intelligence the for god's sake put a few paragraph of what that means. What are the goals? What are the methods? What are the pitfalls? When did we fail/triumph? Even the few battle scenes, which would have been life changing to anyone who had been there, were never fleshed out, they were bland, without color detail. Some guns were fired then we went back to base and had bacon and eggs. Read something else, this book is a waste of time and effort.
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