Baby boomers, especially the early ones, are steeped in the lore of war. We were born into its aftermath. The exploits of our fathers guided our childish play forcing us to recognize what we might one day have to become--citizen soldiers. Vietnam, like a lonely dog waiting patiently to play its rough games,.shadowed me and my friends as we grew into adulthood. Some of us became entangled in the vagaries of war and came to understand something about military life, honor, duty, and occasionally of death. The lessons, not always easy, are impossible to forget. Sebastian Junger's War is oddly and hauntingly beautiful and deeply insightful. For me, the book's hardest lesson is that the prosecution of war, beyond the luck of drawing good or bad assignments, so thoroughly views the lives of its bravest men as disposable. The men of the Second Platoon have my prayers and deepest respect. Thank you for your sacrifices.