Sunday, March 15, 2015

Millicent Cameron - Comp. Blog - In The Company Of Soldiers

In The Company Of Soldiers    Millicent Cameron
Rick Atkinson
Composition 2
Henry Holt And Company New York
303 pages

“Fire came “from all directions, front, back, left, right. We detected no emitters whatsoever,” another voice added, which meant that no sophisticated air-defense radars had been employed, just fountains of unguided “iron sight” fire from rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and simple anti-aircraft guns. Pilots in the backseat, using the Apache’s thermal night-vision system, which revealed heat-radiant objects such as tanks and humans, could not see the Iraqi tracers. Those tracers were all too visible to copilots in the front seat, wearing night-vision goggles that amplified the ambient light; only the back-seaters, however, controlled the 30mm chain gun, onto the target with instructions over the intercom.”
(page 150)

This excerpt from the book In The Company Of Soldiers, is an example of what kind of story the whole book told. As I mentioned in my first blog, the author of this book went to war with these soldiers/pilots and observed what they did from preparations to combat. The author gives extensive detail on their tactics and makes it understood of how intense or effective the whole situation was. I like how the author makes you think of how the experiences really were. He gives a great amount of detail with a few personal thoughts to give considerations for what I was reading. His details kept me interested in what I was reading.

Aside from the details and stories of the combat that was going on, the author also includes his personal thoughts and some dialogue from the soldiers themselves. Normally in a book about war, like this one, I am used to reading about soldiers talking about combat; which this author does include. Along with the comments about combat, the author includes comments they give that are about normal everyday conversations. I liked the aspect of the author using these comments because it gave a new thought to the book. These comments give a new thought on the book because they describe that even though they are at war they have more normal conversations then people think. This book was good to read because it was informative and interesting, but also included details that kept me thinking about how any of the situations were. Questions I still consider are: What did the soldiers do after the war?, How did the war affect the soldiers after?, and How are other divisions in the war like?


  1. Good use of an excerpt. Good job at analysis and summary... good balance.

  2. Good use of an excerpt. Good job at analysis and summary... good balance.

  3. You did a good job of analyzing your opinion and relating the topic to relative information. Possibly try telling more about the book itself.

  4. Good analysis of the book! Maybe a little bit more about the book.

  5. Good quotation at the beginning, I liked how you kept talking about how the quotation tied in to your book blog.

  6. I agree with Emily in that the quote was good and gave a good view into the book. I think you could have added a bit more summary.