Here's a book that's received a lot of well-deserved attention, a novel about two soldiers in Iraq in 2004 written by one who was there. Author Kevin Powers, however, is not only an Iraq War veteran, he also holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. These life experiences combine to create a powerful, unforgettable book, "The Yellow Birds."
Erich Maria Remarque fought in the horrific trench warfare of World War I and survived to write "All Quiet on the Western Front." He gives his narrator, a German soldier, insight that, in moving, simplistic prose, expresses loss of emotional youth and wisdom of war's follies. Some passages and scenes, so personal, so lyric, call to be reread several times.