The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
This is a tough book to read because of the subject matter, but it should be required reading for all Americans, especially those who thought the Iraq War was a good idea. Finkel writes about the full deployment–over a year–of a single battalion from Ft. Riley, Kansas, during the “surge” in the Iraq War. Along the way, he details every death in the battalion and many of the serious injuries as well as the deep psychological wounds that the war caused.
It’s pretty grim, but I’m glad to have read it.