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In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat

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Modern combat as viewed from the division command level

Rick Atkinson was assigned as an embedded reporter with the command element of the 101st airborne division for the 2003 Iraqi war. He spent most of his time with the division commander, general Patraeus and his staff. This is not a chronicle of heavy combat, but an inte...
Rick Atkinson was assigned as an embedded reporter with the command element of the 101st airborne division for the 2003 Iraqi war. He spent most of his time with the division commander, general Patraeus and his staff. This is not a chronicle of heavy combat, but an interesting look at what it takes to deploy, supply, and direct a division into combat. There were many problems to be overcome. Sand wrecked equipment, sometimes food and water were in short supply, and the Iraqi soldiers continually changed their methods of attack forcing the US forces to adjust their tactics. The command also had to take advantage of opportunities as they were presented, but be cautious due to the nature of the 101st; light infantry without heavy weapons or armor. Though not on a par with 'An Army at Dawn', it is an insightful look at the responsibilities and decision making processes at the top.

posted by Anonymous on March 29, 2004

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good Writing - Bad Politics

The author spared no punches at constantly giving his personal disapproving opinion on the politics of this war. It almost reads as a Democratic Campaign leaflet against the Bush Administration¿s war in Iraq. It is horribly biased against the reasons for going to war....
The author spared no punches at constantly giving his personal disapproving opinion on the politics of this war. It almost reads as a Democratic Campaign leaflet against the Bush Administration¿s war in Iraq. It is horribly biased against the reasons for going to war. Atkinson makes it a point in almost every chapter to show how wrong and inept the Bush Administration¿s policies are. In the author¿s impressions of casual conversations, the attitude of the young men and women in the 101¿st appear to also be very negative as to the reasons they are in Iraqi and fighting the war. I would not recommend this book if you supported the war in Iraq.

posted by Anonymous on March 10, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Modern combat as viewed from the division command level

    Rick Atkinson was assigned as an embedded reporter with the command element of the 101st airborne division for the 2003 Iraqi war. He spent most of his time with the division commander, general Patraeus and his staff. This is not a chronicle of heavy combat, but an interesting look at what it takes to deploy, supply, and direct a division into combat. There were many problems to be overcome. Sand wrecked equipment, sometimes food and water were in short supply, and the Iraqi soldiers continually changed their methods of attack forcing the US forces to adjust their tactics. The command also had to take advantage of opportunities as they were presented, but be cautious due to the nature of the 101st; light infantry without heavy weapons or armor. Though not on a par with 'An Army at Dawn', it is an insightful look at the responsibilities and decision making processes at the top.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    very good book

    i liked the book a lot. It was though lacking first hand accounts of the battles fought.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Breath taking!

    As a fellow soldier it was nice to see what was going on in the war room while we were out on the front lines, it was very detailed about that!

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