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This Man's Army

Book Review

 

Title:

This Man's Army

Author:

Andrew Exum

Publisher:

Gotham Books, New  York, NY

ISBN:

1-592-40063-9

Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

August, 2004

Rating:

1/2

Subsequent to the attack on America  on September 11, 2001, The United States launched a major offensive to unseat  the Taliban from their position as the controlling government of Afghanistan. This Man's Army tells the story from one soldier's perspective.

Get more information about This Mans Army at amazon.comAndrew Exum had a fairly normal childhood in the Southern United States. Being undecided  about his future plans and needing money for college, he decided to join the  ROTC program. Once he had enrolled, it provided a base for him to excel in his  studies at college and provide a mature outlook for his future. His summers  were spent in intensive military training and he found this life interesting, yet different from his fellow students.

Upon graduation, he became a commissioned officer and pursued Ranger training. Although a newcomer to his outfit, he was highly respected because of his completion of Ranger school, one of the hardest military training courses in the Army.  He was assigned to a remote post in upstate New York for duty and spent his time improving his unit's equipment and training his men in preparation for combat.

As much of the nation looked on in horror, the men in his command prepared for a rapid deployment, and they were soon on their way to Afghanistan to participate  in Operation Anaconda. They were immediately thrust into the heart of mountain  combat against a hardened and determined force of militia fighters with all of the dangers and heartbreaks that accompany this kind of situation.

I found this book interesting because of the first hand perspective on current events, and because the author does not try to further his own political views of the conflict. As opposed to some current war related novels, this story is  told by somebody that was actually on the front lines day after day, losing men and taking lives. Anybody wanting to get a better idea of how the Americans  involved in this operation acted and felt will find their answer inside the covers of This Man's Army.

 

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