Friday, September 3, 2010

Six best books on the Iraq war

The Daily Beast compiled a list of the best books and movies on the Iraq war.

One book on the list:
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel

While Washington bickered over the merits of George W. Bush’s surge, Washington Post correspondent David Finkel headed off to Iraq to see what was actually happening there by following one American infantry battalion on their 15-month deployment. The result, The Good Soldiers, is one of the most compelling books on war since Michael Herr’s Dispatches, says The Daily Beast’s Lucas Wittmann. There is no better example of why great journalists matter than to be taken into Finkel’s devastating, harrowing, and moving account of one battalion’s efforts to turn the tide in their bloody section of Baghdad. It takes spirit and an admittedly slightly perverse sense of self-preservation to do what he did and he should be justly celebrated for it.
Read about the other books and movies on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue