trying to resist allowing another book to affect a rating, but it's slightly overkill to have two Iraq books in as many weeks. probably in actuality [b:House to House|4985|Welcome to the Monkey House|Kurt Vonnegut|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1355012343s/4985.jpg|438581] should get the 4, although a high 4, and then this book should squeak into 4 territory, although a low 4, but sentiment is everything I guess. it's all just momentum.
Campbell writes a less unified, less absolutely clearcut story than the magnificently unified Bellavia work, but although it may be closer to truth and actual feeling, oftentimes one finds oneself second guessing everything with Campbell (a Marine officer), whilst admiring Bellavia's ability to make decisions although he's an NCO. presumably, lieutenants have more power than squad sergeants, but strangely, Bellavia comes off as more with-it that Campbell. that might be a trifle harsh, and certainly a lot has to do with Bellavia being a humanities-trained university graduate and probably over-qualified for his job, whereas Campbell is constantly negotiating political territory with his company commander.
not a bad war story, and given the state of crowd ratings, this book is probably rated 4.1 (I haven't actually seen the rating yet), but if you are down to your last $15, go with the Bellavia.
20 Sep 2013 reread
I've capitulated. give it the 4. maybe it's better than bellavia. argh