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26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

This Book Brings The War Home!

With a country at war, two wars, we only hear about the war. This book, which is engrossing from page one, brings the war home. I am most impressed by Junger's decision to not hold back. There isn't the fluff or sensationalism that you see on the news. You see the grit ...
With a country at war, two wars, we only hear about the war. This book, which is engrossing from page one, brings the war home. I am most impressed by Junger's decision to not hold back. There isn't the fluff or sensationalism that you see on the news. You see the grit and the true sacrifice that theses brave individuals face every day. I applaud our troops and I love this book.

posted by TB72 on May 11, 2010

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22 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Save Your Money!

I saw this book by Mr. Junger and thought it would be a great read. Upon finishing the book, however, I have changed my mind. I believe Mr. Junger took his notes from his time in Afghanistan, threw them in a blender, put a cover on them, and sent them out the door to ...
I saw this book by Mr. Junger and thought it would be a great read. Upon finishing the book, however, I have changed my mind. I believe Mr. Junger took his notes from his time in Afghanistan, threw them in a blender, put a cover on them, and sent them out the door to an unsuspecting reading public. There was very little background development of the fine soldiers depicted in the book, and the narrative jumped around to the point that it was difficult to determine when and where a particular event was occurring. This is a book I lost interest in quickly and would not have even bothered to finish it except for the fact that it was mercifully short. I expected more from Mr. Junger and was very disappointed.

posted by BigTexReader on May 25, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Ok

    Let me preface this review by saying that I am a Soldier and have spent the last 10 years in the 82nd Airborne Division and have traveled to many of these same places as a Combat Medic.

    Again a journalist who got too close to his subject. While this book, and the documentary, do show you the horrors that Soldiers face it also rationalizes and excuses much of the lesser qualities of his primary subjects. As a Soldier there are rules that you have to live by. It's a fact. If you don't fall in line and follow the rules you have to face the consequences. You can't use the horrors of war as an excuse to go AWOL, act crazy and live life as though the rules do not apply to you. I comend the author for attempting to tell the human/emotional side of war but he fails because of the stockholm syndrome-esque way in which he describes Byrnes. Many parts of the book are recognizable to Soldiers that have deployed but it is ruined for us by the romaticising of plain misconduct and in some cases ignorance.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    After reading a few chapters I felt that the book was simply repeating the same old narrative again and again. The hype on this book did not match the type. Sorry.

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