“This is a wonderfully disturbing book, just as you might wish it to be. I did little else the past few days but read it. The writing, the research is awesome. I learned a lot about soldiering and modern warfare, kept wishing for unmanned drones (read The Panther), and my heart broke every time a soldier died. So unnecessary. Military decisions perhaps should be made by women. I learned a lot about counterinsurgency and how we have wasted millions of dollars, meanwhile under-preparing our soldiers for Afghanistan. It is a shanda (yiddish for ‘shameful.’) I could become an isolationist. After reading your book, I’m thinking of doing some kind of volunteer work with soldiers—in Pensacola, Fl, it shouldn’t be hard to find something that is worthwhile. Thank you for writing this book; I will now begin to read your others.”
— Pat Siegel Langnau
TAPPER: Pat, thank you so much for writing. It means a lot to me and it will mean much more the the troops and their families.