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Kelly Kennedy
"This is one of the saddest and strongest
tales to come out of the Iraq war. Please buy
— 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
— Sean Naylor,
New York Times bestselling
author of
Not a Good Day to Die

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

“[Kennedy] spares no punches in revealing
the gritty and the horrific and counters it with
the moments of grace.”
Washington Post Book World

"A superior, blow-by-blow account of a
courageous and embattled infantry company."
Kirkus Reviews

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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