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Dog Company

A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command
Written by: Roger Hill, Lynn Vincent
Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The army does not want you to listen to this book. It does not want to advertise its detention system that coddles enemy fighters while putting American soldiers at risk. It does not want to reveal the new lawyered-up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes US soldiers and marines while setting free spies who kill Americans.

This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men.

Hill, a West Point grad and decorated combat veteran, was a rising young officer who had always followed the letter of the military law. In 2007 Hill got his dream job: infantry commander in the storied 101st Airborne. His new unit, Dog Company, 1-506th, had just returned stateside from the hell of Ramadi. The men were brilliant in combat but unpolished at home, where paperwork and inspections filled their days.

With tough love, Hill and his first sergeant, an old-school former drill instructor named Tommy Scott, turned the company into the top performers in the battalion.

Hill and Scott then led Dog Company into combat in Afghanistan, where a third of their men became battlefield casualties after just six months. Meanwhile, Hill found himself at war with his own battalion commander, a charismatic but difficult man who threatened to relieve Hill at every turn.

After two of his men died on a routine patrol, Hill and a counterintelligence team busted a dozen enemy infiltrators on their base in the violent province of Wardak. Abandoned by his high command, Hill suddenly faced an excruciating choice: follow army rules the way he always had, or damn the rules to his own destruction and protect the men he'd grown to love.

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©2017 Roger Hill and Lynn Vincent (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • 2017-05-22

Spot on.

As a former Currahee, this book accurately portrays the best and worst of the 506. No other book or movie describes the frustrations of deployment and the ramifications of toxic leadership better than CPT Hill's account. It was amazing how much came flooding back after listening to Hill's recollection and how accurately he describes Afghanistan. Definitely worth your time.

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  • 2017-04-17

Hard truth.

Having served under Captain Hill and First Sargent Scott for the 2008 to 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. I can say with out a doubt they we're the best company level leadership I had encountered in my almost five years at Fort Campbell. Their dedication and love for us (their men) was amazing. The book is true to life, we did not receive proper support and detainees we're repeatedly released even though we had evidence to support further detainment.

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  • MERC Dad
  • 2017-04-19

Words Cannot Describe

Stands Alone, Together...Forever

Read, listen, and remember utmost loyalty to brothers above ones self. This was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to read and often uncontrollably had to put it down. Travesty, rage, unparalleled sadness, and even pride fall short to describe my last few days. I love and know several of these men and have been honored to trust my life to their care at some points a long the way. I will recommend this book wholeheartedly for the rest of my life.

The true men of 1st Battalion will always have my deepest and utmost respect, love, and loyalty.

Currahee

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  • Secret Squirrel
  • 2017-06-07

Very accurate issue that still affects Army today

This book was well written and brings forth issues that affect the military (active duty, national guard and reserves) today. There has been a large cultural shift in the military where many young soldiers are afraid to respond to threats with appropriate action. The authors captured these issues and shed some light of the standards that our men and women are being held to.

I believe this is a great book for any military leader to read. A soldier should understand their rights and the risks of any formal investigation.

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  • 2017-06-01

Compelling story

This story is both infuriating and inspiring. Infuriating to see our best military men abandoned by their high command and then prosecuted for fighting a war against pure evil with their hands tied up behind their back. Inspiring to see that in the face of impossible odds Cpt Hill and 1st sergeant Scott chose to put their careers on the line to protect their men. The audio book is well read. Question for the author: After what you've been through, would you still recommend to anyone to go to the USMA at West Point?

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  • Samuel
  • 2017-04-20

This book could shape a generation.

An uncomfortable truth can be the most freeing thing, for it brings clarity to the deepest part of a man that knows there is something wrong with the world.

In an era of fake Social Justice this book could be the spark of a true movement that brings accountability to those in power.

In a nation that all to often tries to legislate morality the truth is that it is men like the men in Dog Company that plant roots of honesty and integrity into the American People.

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  • Husky45
  • 2017-06-22

Captain Hill is a true hero.

The upper commanders should have been the ones prosecuted, not Captain Hill. He tried to do things the correct way but received NO support from his commander. I have read several books on the Afghanistan war, Dagger 22, Level Zero Heroes, Roberts Ridge, & more. They all tell the same story, lack of support from their commanders above them. The rules of engagements caused the men in the field to die while protecting their enemies.
This book details that lack of support in detail.
Captain Hill was left with no choice if he wanted to protect his men and countless others dealing with the same problem.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-04-17

Riveting. A shameful Betrayal of great soldiers

Fantastic. couldn't stop listening. an incredible story by heroic soldiers. a shameful Betrayal by the Army and our government!

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  • C. Burns
  • 2017-08-09

Too many beeps for me.

Enjoyed the book immensely, just too much censorship for me. Ex: "joe and I immediately ran to the top of large berm and found that the beep•beep•beep•beep•beep•had• beep •up, and then discovered those small red cables running to the the •beep•had been intentionally •beep•beep•beeped."
It was just crap like that - not the authors fault.

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  • Jason Peters
  • 2017-06-21

Don't expect to want to put this book down

This book opened my eyes. And quite a few times it brought tears to them. I've always been thankful to the guys that fight for our country, although I was naive to what that really meant for the guys on the front line. There don't seem to be many details left out (except for what the government wouldn't allow). You will get to experience the raw emotions and some of the horror that happened at the "tip of the spear". I only wish there were more leaders out there like Roger Hill!

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