This is a thought provoking book, but I don't love it. I was deployed to Iraq for 24 months in a 27 month period around this time. I lived in austere places, pooped in "wag bags", experienced a significant amount of combat, and clinched tightly as we drove down the deadliest streets in Baghdad. My Soldiers were appropriately disciplined, but never committed a war crime. I have seen good and bad leadership in the Army, but never committed or seen anyone commit a war crime. My concern with book is that it seems to blame several leaders for the acts of a few criminals. I acknowledge that poor leadership was a factor in this case study, but it doesn't define the Iraq war. I relate to the Soldiers of this platoon in a lot of ways. I have been on deadly streets in Baghdad, stuck outside the wire for days, shot at, mortared, and blown up. I never thought that was an excuse to behave like a criminal. My concern is that some people will find justification in these criminal's unthinkable acts. My bigger concern is that people think that this was Iraq in 05-06 for all Soldiers. By and large, American Soldiers did the right thing throughout this war. The Surge was a success! The vacuum created by our absence led to the creation of ISIS.