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The Good Soldiers

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel talks about his experience going to Baghdad with a battalion of army infantry soldiers. The Good Soldiers is an account of their experience during the surge in Iraq.

Event: David Finkel will be reading
Monday, October 12, at 7:00 pm
Half King
505 West 23 Street

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Comments [6]

Samuel Simon from So. Nyack, NY

I don't know how Mr. Finkel was able to keep his composure throughout the extraordinary interview by Julie Burstein. His words were shattering. I was filled with great sadness and sympathy for our troops and the Iraquis who assisted them. I'm left with many questions regarding the wisdom of US strategy in Iraq. Is the sacrifice worth it? Aren't we duplicating this effort in Afghanistan?

Oct. 12 2009 04:57 PM
Jackie Goodrich from Brooklyn NY

Mr Finkel says, "The things that happened (in Iraq] are beyond belief." I think that is because it is not something we want to believe. Like the commanding officers, we prefer to focus on "positive outcomes" and to put aside the terrible destruction and death that is the essence of combat. Hence, the conversation that takes place at home, in the US, where the war is not taking place, is devoid of much reference to the real events that inevitably occur when the enterprise is killing.

Oct. 12 2009 02:02 PM
Daniel Fiege from Beacon, NY

Thank you, David. For reporting the truth in humanity at war.

Oct. 12 2009 01:55 PM
antonio from park slope

Did Mr. Finkel get any reactions from the soldiers about not finding WMDs, that war was based on lies etc..what are his thoughts..

Oct. 12 2009 01:41 PM
eCAHNomics

Imagine living in a country where it is not necessary to write a book about what it's like to commit govt sanctioned murder in front of small children.

Oct. 12 2009 01:41 PM
eCAHNomics

And the point of making U.S. soldiers targets of IEDs is exactly what, again?

Oct. 12 2009 01:35 PM

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