This book has an excellent tone about it. It talks about politics, personal battles, bravery, idiocy, boredom, craziness, commanders strong and weak, yet without making any of them feel like they dominate the story.
It's a finely balanced story of a Marine Lt. as he attempts to guide a Marine rifle platoon in Iraq while figuring out how to deal with commanders who don't seem to always make sense in a place that makes even less sense.
I generally prefer WWII or Korean war stories, but this is a very good one about Iraq.
If you are not crying by the end of this book, you are not human. If you do not have a deeper respect for the people that volunteer for the Armed Services, you have no soul. This book was well-written and well-read. A good description of the day-to-day activities of marines serving in Iraq. The lieutenant who wrote this book did what all good officers do, he gave full credit to his men for what went well, and took full credit for what went wrong.
Being active duty during this turbulent time in Iraq, I remember the headlines and Fallujah and Ramadi were areas that NO ONE wanted to go. This book was so realistic I may now suffer from PTSD. Good job enjoyed the book.
The narration on this book is not good. The book is very much, look at how cool I am at the expense of others. The author bad mouths other platoon leaders in an effort to make himself more important.