wow this is great. better than [[Army At Dawn]], I even think. Atkinson cribs from "Full Metal Jacket" and follows a single intake unit from recruitment to training to Ranger school to 'Nam, and then to the 80s low-point of Army morale, and does so in stunning, erudite prose that reference Kabuki at one point and Greek philosophy at another. what you really get when a University of Chicago stylist with plenty of military exposure takes on the "pivot" class of '66, which saw Vietnam and then saw America change around them.
608 pages for some 9.99 (ebook/Ibooks), I was engrossed for days, and plan to reread for even more detail. poignant stories and real battlefield accounts interplayed with the stories of the costs involved, fate's interaction, crime and political philosophy.