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Friday, July 06, 2007

Title: In the Company of Soldiers
Author: Rick Atkinson

Your thoughts:
This is an excellent account by an embedded reporter from the Washington Post of the initial days of the invasion of Iraq, post-9/11. Atkinson provides profiles of the various generals, colonels and “regular soldiers,” but he is directly attached to General Petraeus and the 101st Airborne Division. Petraeus is presently the four-star in charge of all US forces in Iraq, so it’s very interesting to see a profile of him during the initial invasion, with the attendant problems and snafus. And, in light of what’s transpired in the last 4 years, it’s illuminating to be reminded of who said what when. Not light reading, but very interesting. jpq

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