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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Atkinson Narrator: Rick Atkinson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/18/2014

    " A very interesting account of the invasion of Iraq. The author follows the 101st Airborne lead by current Head of Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Petraeous, in the lead up and the intial faze of the war in Iraq. You meet many of the officers involved in the planning and execution of the invasion plan. The behind-the-scenes look at how the invasion plan changes from hour to hour is most profound aspect of the book. It is not so much a infantry story, most of the novel is spent with the officers discussing strategy, the military heirarchy and political ideas. The background information about the military men involved is a nice addition to the novel, especially the focus on the other campaigns these soldiers have been through. The author consistently compares the present military battles, engagements and tatics with the past exploits of the American military with aplumb. This aspect of the novel was the most enjoyable aspect for this reader, the direct comparsion between the conversations between officers and military engagements, and the long history of the military. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steven | 2/3/2014

    " Behind the scenes account of the US invasion of Iraq. Atkinson was an embed with the 101st Airborne. Fascinating view of an army at work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lee Morgan | 1/25/2014

    " This was a bit of a dry boring book but it did give a pretty good insight about the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Rick Atkinson is obviously a strong opponent of Bush and the military in general. Most of this book is spent on bashing the Bush administration and declaring our military incompetent. This takes up most of the book and there is very little description of the actual war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dominique | 1/11/2014

    " This was a good book for the subject matter, however, this is not my genre so I stopped reading it with about 100 pages to go. I'm glad I read what I read, but just wanted to move on to other books. "

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