Monday, August 16, 2010
This isn't written in beautiful and flowery prose but rather the language you expect from a soldier. At times he overuses certain words and occasionally sounds rather awkward. The men in his platoon aren't angels - they have a penchant for profanity, pornography, and tattoos - but they're the kind of guys you'd be proud to have defending your freedom. Campbell is straightforward and honest in his own mistakes and regularly second-guesses his decisions, but tries to present the qualities of leadership he's learned in urgent life-and-death situations. But the part that most shines through is the love and respect he has for his men, for their willingness to risk their lives for others, whether it's their fellow Marines or the Iraqi people. He doesn't moralize or try to analyze the war, he's not trying to influence any opinions, he's just describing the experiences of his men as he saw them. And it sounds like a pretty honest and sincere reflection to me.