The Good Soldiers

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The Good Soldiers
The Good Soldiers, 1st Edition Hardcover.jpg
The Good Soldiers first edition cover.
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.


In 2007 David Finkel embedded with 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combate Team, 1st Infantry Division, also known as the "2-16 Rangers", as they worked to stabilize a portion of Baghdad. During this time he witnessed first hand the realities of war and the toll it takes on those who engage in it. Using his experience reporting on the United States efforts to bring democracy to Yemen, David Finkel writes on the then ongoing Iraq War from the focused perspective of a single U.S. Army Infantry Battalion.


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.