In The Company of Soldiers

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Rick Atkinson

Narrated By: Rick Atkinson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2004

Duration: 6 hours 14 minutes


From Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Rick Atkinson comes an eyewitness account of the war against Iraq and a vivid portrait of a remarkable group of soldiers

For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat. Now, in this extraordinary account of his odyssey with the 101st, Atkinson presents an intimate and revealing portrait of the soldiers who fight the expeditionary wars that have become the hallmark of our age.

At the center of Atkinson's drama stands the compelling figure of Major General David H. Petraeus, described by one comrade as "the most competitive man on the planet." Atkinson spent virtually all day every day at Petraeus's elbow in Iraq, where he had an unobstructed view of the stresses, anxieties, and large joys of commanding 17,000 soldiers in combat. Atkinson watches Petraeus wrestle with innumerable tactical conundrums and direct several intense firefights; he watches him teach, goad, and lead his troops and his subordinate commanders. And all around Petraeus, we see the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment.
With the eye of a master storyteller, the premier military historian of his generation puts us right on the battlefield. In the Company of Soldiers is a compelling, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action.


  • Anonymous

    Semi interesting. No objectivity. A bush basher with a penchant for monday morning quaterbacking.

  • APDS4

    Worth listening to if you enjoy hearing both sides of the debate on the gulf war; however, the listener should be warned that this book is very much from the far left perspective and paints the US Military and the Republican administration in a very poor light. If you are supportive of our troops, this book will upset you. The author is blatantly demeaning and insulting at times. If you are interested in Military history and can handle opposing view points, then it is worth a listen.

  • Anonymous

    Until "In The Company of Soldiers" I have enjoyed all Rick Atkinson's book. This contemporary rendition of his experience in the second gulf war is highly disappointing. In his previous books he created an interesting factual recounting of past events. In this book he cannot resist injecting his opinions and interpretations of the events and causes of the second gulf war. This book reads more like a New York Times Op Ed or Editorial than a military history of what happened. Rick should stick to reporting and give up the editorializing. If you enjoy the far left, liberal view of the world and the war as served up ad nauseum by the New York "Sedition" Times you may enjoy this diatribe. If you are a centrist or conservative or value the least bit objectivity------skip this book.

  • Anonymous

    An entertaining and informative look at what our Armed Forces are like these days, and it's always nice to hear a book narrated by its own author. Looking forward to Atkinson's next WWII book - his contemporary style provides a refreshing perspective on historical topics.