One of my favorite books is Andrew Carroll’s “War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars”, and it has now been joined by another, more recent title, MAJ (Ret.) Matthew C Burden’s “The Blog of War”.
If you’re wondering who Burden is, and most of you probably are, he’s also known as Blackfive, founder and host of the warblog of the same name.
I just got done reading the complimentary copy that he was kind enough to send me, and it is no exaggeration to say that it’s compelling reading. I ate it all up, from cover to cover, and my only regret is that it isn’t five times as long as its 304 pages.
It is a journey through the many and varied aspects of the War on Terror; the order to deploy, the farewells, the deployment, the combat, the longing for home, the fear and uncertainty both there and at home, the sorrow when a hero doesn’t come home and the joy and relief when he does.
All of it there, and all of it in the raw, unedited words of the ones on the front seat: The milbloggers and their loved ones.
All of it tied together by the thoughtful, personal commentary of Matthew himself.
I cannot recommend it highly enough. The war and the people whose lives it touches upon will come alive in ways that no amount of filtered, edited and spun reportage can ever hope to.