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Using humor, pop culture, and even musical references, Matti Friedman recreates the wartime experience in a narrative that is part memoir, part journalism, part military history. The years in question were pivotal ones, seeing the perfection of a type of warfare that would eventually be exported to Afghanistan and Iraq and has come to seem like the only kind of warfare in existence - wars in which there is never any clear victory, but not quite enough lives are lost to rally the country against it. It was one small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples still felt worldwide today. The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; "Flowers" was the military code word for "casualties." Award-winning writer Friedman re-creates the harrowing experience of a band of young soldiers-the author among them-charged with holding this remote outpost, a task that changed them forever and foreshadowed the unwinnable conflicts the United States would soon confront in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
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Matti Friedmanis the author of"The Aleppo Codex, "which won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA Sophie Brody Medal, and other awards." "His reporting has taken him from Israel to Morocco, Lebanon, and Washington, DC, and his work has appeared in the"Wall Street Journal, "the"Atlantic, "the"New York Times, "and elsewhere."

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