The Good Soldiers

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The Good Soldiers
Author David Finkel
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books
Publication date
September 15, 2009
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Amazon Kindle
iBooks (electronic)
iTunes (audio book)
Pages 304 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN 0374165734

The Good Soldiers (2009) is a non-fiction book about the 2007 troop surge in Iraq written by David Finkel, chronicling the deployment of 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, nicknamed "Rangers", under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich.[1][2][3][4][5] The story follows Kauzlarich as he experiences the reality of war, and loses soldiers for the first time.

The Good Soldiers is a recipient of the ALA Alex Award (2010).[6]


  1. ^ Bancroft, Colette (2009-11-20). "'The Good Soldiers' follows deployment of an infantry regiment during the Iraq War surge". St. Petersburg Times. 
  2. ^ Finkel, David (2010-04-06). "U.S. gunfire kills two Reuters employees in Baghdad". Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Finkel, David (2009-09-15). The Good Soldiers. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-16573-4. 
  4. ^ Finkel, David (2009-12-10). "The Good Soldiers (excerpt)". National Public Radio. 
  5. ^ Abel, David (2009-10-14). "The suffering behind ‘the surge’ in Iraq". Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ "ALA Alex Award Winners". goodreads. Retrieved 10 November 2014.