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Jonathan YardleyThe two books from which it most directly draws inspiration are Michael Herr's Dispatches (1977)…and Anthony Swofford's Jarhead (2003)…and it deserves to be ranked with both of them…Almost all readers will need some time to adjust to Hennessey's prose, which is quirky, unconventional, at times stream of consciousness, at others obscure. But be patient and make the effort. It's worth it…The Junior Officers' Reading Club is a humdinger.
—The Washington Post