Relates the author's experiences as an embedded reporter with Battalion 2-16, telling the story of the surge from the perspective of someone who worked with the soldiers every day.
This soldier's eye view of the 2007-2008 surge in Iraq focuses primarily on the role played by the soldiers of one infantry battalion and their efforts to restore order and fight the insurgency. Based in Baghdad, under the command of Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, the soldiers experience the extreme dangers of war, and suffered many losses before gaining ground against the enemy. David Finkel's old account stands out among the growing list of books on the war in Iraq. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009 and by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2009.