With the release of the Documentary Restrepo, I would like to recommend the book the documentary came from. For 15 months the author and a film man sometimes was based with a single platoon in a base in the mountains of Afghanistan. Its not your normal book, he was out on patrols with the men, when the firebase for a better word was under assault and in a hummer which was hit by an IED. He met the men on leave back in the USA, and this is what clinches the book for me, he develops an underatnding with the men rather than the usual journos ideas, okay at times you think from the way the men are, its a bad Vietnam film, but its the way they are. Men die, get wounded, suffer the aftermath of battle, units are overrun, bodies are nearly taken by the Taliban, the meetins with the locals to the killing of the cow, its all dealt with,without saying look how bad we are, its a great book, which deserves reading. Blood in, Blood out.