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They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2010

    A hard read but a good look into the realities of war

    This book was a difficult read. I had a loved one serve in this unit so knowing the ending made it all the more difficult. I wish it was listed under fiction and that the events that unfolded were not true experiences these young men and women went through. I felt that the author should have spent more time describing the soldiers characters (and some of them were characters)and although I understand that there are limitations when writing a book I felt it would have been better to have shown some more of the other struggles the soldiers were going through. The personal life struggles (which they still had to deal with amidst their grief). Wives leaving husbands during the deployment, babies being born without the support of the father, financial burdens being placed on the families when pay was an issue. Also, some of the every day living conditions these guys had to go through. There were some good ones touched on but a lot that were left out. Again, I know that there were limitations when writing the book. I think the readers will get a really good look at the personalities and struggles the Commanding Officers went through but I think a lot of the soldiers get left out of the story. Too many to cover all of them in the book but not enough was touched on in regards to them. It really felt more like a story about the leaders and not the soldiers. I can almost see a screenplay now and can visualize how it will play out. A story about the courageous leaders and all they went through to try to sculpt and mold their men into the soldiers the army wanted them to be. Basically avon ladies selling avon door to door but soldiers selling peace to a society that seems to me, would not know what to do with it. When things go so very, very wrong and too many lives are lost and they truly have had enough they are accused of mutiny and this tight knit family of brothers is seperated. The many lives lost was the true tragedy here but so is what remains of the post war soldiers. Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, amputations, severe burns, etc. The thing I hope the reader takes away from this book the most is a deeper understanding of the American soldier's sacrifice and service. Of the unfathomable sacrifice he/she has made. This book is a good step towards opening the eyes of Americans. I hope to see more stories like this offered in the future.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

    The first book about Iraq that shows what Soldiers endure on a day to day basis in combat and how they deal with the physical and emotional injuries of war.

    Outstanding book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

    Author's note about the unit

    It's really Charlie Company, 1-26th Inf. Reg. Not real sure where the reviewer came up with 101st Airborne...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

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    I have read about every book I could find dealing with the Iraq War. This was by far the most compelling book I have read about that war. What these young men and women went through was unimaginable and they deserve the utmost respect from the everyone. It was however disgusting to read how the new CO "Reynolds" treated them during their time of need. It is also a shame the military promotes such incompetance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    true heros

    True heros

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    IRAQ VET

    I was deployed to Iraq in 2004 part ofOIF2 This book hit home with me as it describes the relationships and the battlefield of the mind. Like my unit you have good leaders and bad, but how one was able to work with both was sometime a chore. This book helped me understand that year in Hell and how it haunts me to this day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Heartwrenching

    "I find this to be a book that would be difficult for anyone to write without feeling something. Given that the author was embedded with this unit, it is easy to understand why it is written the way it is. I find that this is a book I want to read slowly to get a deeper appreciation of the sacrifices my fellow soldiers have made for our country."One of the humorous points in the book was when the the company was calling their new Battalion Commander "Lord Farquaad" (Shrek). They said it was because he looked like him :0) and the way he command their battalion reminded them of him. I will never look at Lord Farquaad the same, LMAO

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    Heartwrenching

    I found this to be a book that would be difficult for anyone to write without feeling something. Given that the author was embedded with this unit, it is easy to understand why it is written the way it is. I find that this is a book I want to read slowly to get a deeper appreciation of the sacrifices my fellow soldiers have made for our country. One of the most humorous points in the book was when the the company was calling their new Battalion Commander "Lord Farquaad" (Shrek). They said it was because he looked like him :0) and the way he command their battalion reminded them of him. I will never look at Lord Farquaad the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2011

    This book was very very heart breaking

    After readin g this book I have tons more respect for the people over there I had a family member over there in this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Written with authority

    Kennedy writes beautifully plain yet effective prose. She captures the emotions of moments without needing to embellish them. After reading this book, I spoke with a friend who was a Captain at Loyalty (not concurrently with the events of the book), and I was able to maintain an intelligent conversation about the situation with him. More than anything, this book got me asking the right kinds of questions. A phenomenal read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Amazing

    An amazing book by an amazing journalist. This story gives the world insight into the physical and, possibly more importantly, the mental and emotional impact of war. Could this be the book that, finally, brings the much needed attention of governments and medical professionals to the insidious damage done by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Eye Opening

    I ordered this book b/c my brother was with this unit while serving in Iraq. I thought it would allow me to "see" what he saw/experienced while over there. Now I know why he did not want to tell me how things were there! The conditions, the stress and trauma that those soldiers went through was unimaginable. Every American should read this. They would understand that we, as a country , should support our troops no matter what. They are doing their job!

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    That was an excellent choice.

    I can't wait to read it. My nephew THOMAS RAY LEEMHUIS, was in that unit...bless his heart. We lost him June 21, 2007.

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