Dr. AwkwardDr. Awkward Regular
edited July 2010 in Life
by Sebastian Junger.

This guy was embedded within the 2nd platoon of Battle Company, which occupied part of the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korengal_Valley"]Korangal Valley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Firebase_Phoenix_overlooking_the_Korengal_Valley.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/51/Firebase_Phoenix_overlooking_the_Korengal_Valley.jpg/220px-Firebase_Phoenix_overlooking_the_Korengal_Valley.jpg"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/5/51/Firebase_Phoenix_overlooking_the_Korengal_Valley.jpg/220px-Firebase_Phoenix_overlooking_the_Korengal_Valley.jpg[/ame] for most of 15 months and documented it with video cameras and interviews and all that then wrote this book. The Korengal Valley is a stronghold that no army could penetrate until the U.S. Army rolled in in 2003(?). Fighting in the valley accounted for 80% of all combat in Afghanistan and it was done by 150 men. The book has very detailed combat descriptions and captures the horror of war very well. The conditions are hellish, they had up to 13 firefights in a single day, every major patrol was ambushed, they went 39 days sometimes without being able to shower or change clothes. They would sometimes hope for a firefight just to break the boredom.

If you're at all interested in war or the conflict in the middle east you should definitely check this book out, it will give you a new perspective.

Daily Show interview with the author:
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