As a member of Outlaw Platoon, I can not stress enough the importance of this book to our nation's forgotten infantry soldiers. Outlaw Platoon is an honest and compelling account of life and death in the trenches and does true justice to our combat experience.
As you read this post, there are thousands of men on battlefields around the world killing and suffering for the preservation of American ideals. As a civilized society and beneficiaries of our nation's might, we must meet their sacrifices with unwavering support. It is not enough for us to adhere a yellow ribbon to our cars, to shake a soldier's hand, or even to send care packages to the front. More than anything, these men need our understanding. They need to know that we are aware of their plight, that we are invested in their success, and that we are willing to help shoulder the burdens of combat, just by listening and caring.
Outlaw Platoon is a window into the world of America's infantry...
Having experienced war, I can say that Outlaw Platoon is the closest to reality of all the war books I have read. It took guts to put down what actually happens and how it affects the mind and the body. I could almost feel and smell the fear, anxiety, love and hatred one experiences when their life is on the line. The bond these men formed in the midst of a deadly environment, so brutal, goes far beyond that of a mother and child. It is with us forever.
This book should be mandatory reading for every politician. Maybe, just maybe they will not be so quick to send our troops into "fog of war."
I've read a lot of books about battles and individuals who have been in battle. I noticed right away that this one was different than most and, in my judgment, not particularly in a good way. It starts out with Parnell on his way to Afghanistan where he will be a platoon leader. My first question came up when he mentions that less than a year before he had been in college. He was in ROTC, but can you go from college to lieutenant platoon leader leading men into battle in one year considering the training that would require - including Army Ranger training? Maybe so. In the first battle his platoon is in he keeps going back to his relationship with his grandfather and father, etc. and how that would help him. I search for a word that describes this part of the book - Maudlin, maybe, excessively sentimental anyway. Another reviewer referred to it as "soppy." As I kept reading I found myself skipping over those sections. It got so bad I almost quit reading the book. If you can...
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