Kelly Kennedy


“This is one of the saddest and strongest tales to come out of the Iraq war. Please buy it.”

— Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times
bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble

“No book takes you deeper inside the sacrifice made by the American soldier in Iraq.”
— Sean Naylor, New York Times bestselling author of Not a Good Day to Die

“If you think you understand the human costs of war, you don’t, and that’s why books like this are so important: as a reminder, a report, an admonition, an illumination, but above all, a wrenching, moving story.”
— Ben Greenman, author, and editor at The New Yorker

“[Kennedy] spares no punches in revealing the gritty and the horrific and counters it with the moments of grace.”
Washington Post Book World

“A superior, blow-by-blow account of a courageous and embattled infantry company.”— Kirkus Reviews

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They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq

From Publishers Weekly:

Journalist and former soldier Kennedy makes a solid contribution to a growing body of frontline reportage from Iraq in this account based on her series of articles in Army Times. The book tells the story of a rifle company’s fight against long odds in a Baghdad neighborhood. Adhamiya was No One’s Land, a place of random violence dominated by insurgents and criminals. The 1/26th Infantry did 15 months there, took more casualties than any U.S. battalion since Vietnam, and completed its tour with at least a simulacrum of civil order restored. Kennedy’s account of Adhamiya’s costs to Charlie Company is shaped by her own military service in Desert Storm. Urban combat, counterinsurgency, and civic action combined in a toxic brew that made mental health injuries more prevalent than physical ones. But to endure the “fears,nightmares and grief,” men had to look out for each other. That mutual caring brought Charlie Company through. It gives Kennedy her title, informs her work, and above all reaffirms the scars war leaves on those who fight. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Mar. 2)

From Booklist:

This better-than-most Iraq story deals with a company of the 26th Infantry Regiment that in the 2007 surge suffered heavier casualties than did any other such unit. It was engaged in one of the most hostile sections of Bagdad; one popular NCO committed suicide; one platoon effectively mutinied; and altogether, the company passed through a grim year. About all that kept the men sane and fighting was a rare degree of unit cohesion, which we see through the eyes of a number of key people, well-characterized by embedded Army Times reporter Kennedy, who despite her service ties paints the Iraq War warts and all. An honorable addition to Iraq War literature.
–Roland Green

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