In The Company of Soldiers by Rick Atkinson audiobook

In The Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat in Iraq

By Rick Atkinson
Read by Rick Atkinson

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For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat. Granted complete access to the commanders and troops of the 101st, Atkinson saw their war from the preparations in Kuwait through the occupation of Baghdad. As the war unfolded, he witnessed the division's struggles to overcome a murderous attack by one of its own soldiers, a disastrous Apache helicopter raid, and fierce resistance from guerrilla diehards in Najaf, Karbala, and Hilla. At the center of Atkinson's drama stands the compelling figure of Major General David H. Petraeus, described by one comrade as "the most competitive man on the planet." Atkinson observes Petraeus as he teaches, goads, and leads his troops and subordinate commanders in several intense battles. All around Petraeus, we watch the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment. But even as the military wins an overwhelming victory, we also see portents of the battles that would haunt the occupation in the long months ahead. In the Company of Soldiers is a dramatic, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action from the premier military historian of his generation.

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A New York Times bestseller

For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat.
Granted complete access to the commanders and troops of the 101st, Atkinson saw their war from the preparations in Kuwait through the occupation of Baghdad. As the war unfolded, he witnessed the division's struggles to overcome a murderous attack by one of its own soldiers, a disastrous Apache helicopter raid, and fierce resistance from guerrilla diehards in Najaf, Karbala, and Hilla.
At the center of Atkinson's drama stands the compelling figure of Major General David H. Petraeus, described by one comrade as "the most competitive man on the planet." Atkinson observes Petraeus as he teaches, goads, and leads his troops and subordinate commanders in several intense battles. All around Petraeus, we watch the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment. But even as the military wins an overwhelming victory, we also see portents of the battles that would haunt the occupation in the long months ahead.
In the Company of Soldiers is a dramatic, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action from the premier military historian of his generation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A beautifully written and memorable account of combat from the top down and bottom up as the 101st Airborne commanders and frontline grunts battle their way to Baghdad…A must-read.” Tom Brokaw
“Intimate, vivid, and well-informed…On the field of battle where more than 770 journalists were ‘embedded,’ Atkinson stood apart as one of the very rare war correspondents who are also fine military historians.” New York Times Book Review
“An engaging and accurate view of life on the ground during the Iraq war. It likely will be the Embedded Book to Read.” Chicago Tribune
“A perceptive, exciting, and engaging book. The battle scenes are heart-pounding narratives.” Washington Post Book World
“A fascinating first-hand account.” Economist
“A thoroughly engrossing look at the strategies, personalities, and struggles of waging modern warfare…Atkinson’s perspective, combined with a direct, economical writing style, allows him to present sides to the war not often seen or considered.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“An exceptional achievement…With a skill rarely seen in the genre of military narratives, Atkinson tells a compelling story about the war and the modern American military that fought it.” Indianapolis Star
“The best account yet to come out of the Iraq War…The son of an army officer and thoroughly up to date on the modern American army, the author pays an eloquent and incisive tribute to how the men and women of the 101st won their part of the war in Iraq, in a manner that bears comparison to his Pulitzer-winning WWII volume, An Army at Dawn. Superb writing and balance make this the account to beat.” Publishers Weekly
“A narrative that is rich in immediacy, yet seasoned with thoughtful analysis…This is a candid, well-paced work by a writer with an appreciation for the region’s culture and geography.” School Library Journal
“As current history, Atkinson’s excellent reportage will be intently read, both as a tableau of contemporary martial argot and ethos, and for officers’ thoughts about their assignment in Iraq.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Rick Atkinson

Author Bio: Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson, a former staff writer and senior editor at the Washington Post, is the highly acclaimed author of several books of military history. An Army at Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize for History, and The Guns at Last Light was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Among his many accolades and awards are the George Polk Award, the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize, the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award, the Axel Springer Prize, and the Henry Adams Prize, among others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English