by Kelly Kennedy
       “This is one of the saddest and strongest tales to come out of
the Iraq war. Please buy it.”
       ~Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times bestselling author of Fiasco and
The Gamble

       “No book takes you deeper inside the sacrifice made by the
American soldier in Iraq.”
       ~Sean Naylor, New York Times bestselling author of Not a Good Day to

       “If you think you understand the human costs of war, you
't, and that’s why books like this are so important: as a
reminder, a report, an admonition, an illumination, but above all,
as a wrenching, moving story.”
       ~Ben Greenman, author and editor at The New Yorker

From Publishers Weekly:

       Journalist and former soldier Kennedy makes a solid
contribution to a growing body of frontline reportage from Iraq in
this account based on her series of articles in Army Times. The
book tells the story of a rifle company's fight against long odds in a
Baghdad neighborhood. Adhamiya was No One's Land, a place of
random violence dominated by insurgents and criminals. The
1/26th Infantry did 15 months there, took more casualties than any
U.S. battalion since Vietnam, and completed its tour with at least a
simulacrum of civil order restored. Kennedy's account of
Adhamiya's costs to Charlie Company is shaped by her own
military service in Desert Storm.

Urban combat, counterinsurgency, and civic action combined
in a toxic brew that made mental health injuries more prevalent
than physical ones. But to endure the “fears, nightmares and
grief,” men had to look out for each other. That mutual caring
brought Charlie Company through. It gives Kennedy her title,
informs her work, and above all reaffirms the scars war leaves on
those who fight. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Mar. 2)

From Booklist:

       This better-than-most Iraq story deals with a company of the
26th Infantry Regiment that in the 2007 surge suffered heavier
casualties than did any other such unit. It was engaged in one of
the most hostile sections of Bagdad; one popular NCO committed
suicide; one platoon effectively mutinied; and altogether, the
company passed through a grim year. About all that kept the men
sane and fighting was a rare degree of unit cohesion, which we
see through the eyes of a number of key people, well-
characterized by embedded Army Times reporter Kennedy, who
despite her service ties paints the Iraq War warts and all. An
honorable addition to Iraq War literature. --Roland Green
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