“…none of the men of the platoon come to life for very long. And for all the discussion of combat, there isnâ€™t enough of it in the book to sustain Jungerâ€™s discussion. Thereâ€™s too much telling, not enough showing. The result is that for all its closeness to the men in the field, â€œWarâ€ lacks the emotional power it might have had if its characters had been described in more depth. Junger risked his life to be with the men of Battle Companyâ€™s Second Platoon, but I would have liked to have heard a little more from them and a little less from Junger himself…
…But perhaps the most poignant moment for the men of Battle Company occurred after â€œWarâ€ went to press. In April, the United States Army closed its bases in the Korangal Valley and sent the soldiers to other places. After five years of fighting and dying, American commanders decided the valley wasnâ€™t worth the fight. War indeed"
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