This journal follows me from day to day as I try to survive and do my best to fit in to a world far from anything I’ve ever known. I searched for something to read before I left for Iraq, something that could tell me what to expect as a normal civilian girl sent off to war. There was nothing. My vision in publishing this journal is to give soldiers an idea of what to expect when deploying and to also give interested civilians insight as to what life is really like over there. It’s a viewpoint far different from anything a reporter could tell, a very personal one.
In the Company of Soldiers by Melia Meichelbock is distinguished as a Category Finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Award.
—Eric Hoffer Book Award, May 11, 2009
In the Company of Solders receives an Honorable Mention in the Biography/Autobiography category of the London Book Festival.
—London Book Festival, December 10, 2008
âââââ In the Company of Soldiers is an entertaining and honest read. This book takes the reader behind-the-scenes of the Iraq war and offers a perspective not often seen on television news or in the newspapers. It is interesting to hear about day-to-day life in a war zone. It is also interesting to learn about the little details of the everyday life of a soldier such as how the bathroom situation works, etc. The idea of telling the narrative through a daily journal is great and offers a good variety of ups and downs since the reader lives each day with the author. This book took a lot of courage and fortitude to write.
—Writer’s Digest 16th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards. Judges Review: December 4, 2008.
In the Company of Solders is honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Autobiography/Memoir category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards sponsored by USA Book News.
—USA Book News, October 20, 2008
Read what Amazon readers have said about the book.
âââââFunny.....but with a slap in the back of the head message. You will feel like you are in Iraq..with all the Army SNAFUs as well as the intensely personal emotions of an American girl representing her country well. The author is your girlfriend or your sister or your daughter telling funny story after funny story while at the same time letting the reader know how important the US mission in Iraq is...to her and to the rest of us. Couldn't put it down.
âââââAn Intimate Look at War in Iraq - Hard to Put Down. This book gives an intimate, candid view of life as a soldier in Iraq. I felt as though I was right there with the author and could not wait to see what happened next. The writer bares her soul and gives a frank, uncensored account of military politics and the challenges of being a woman in a man's world. One of the best books I have read in a long time and a must read for anyone who wants to know what our soldiers go through in Iraq.
âââââA Woman-in-the-Military Eye Opener! An incredibly candid soldier's journal in Iraq. It's a fast read and a different take on Iraq/Iraqis than the 6 o'clock news. She's basically caught between the mind-numbing frustrations of the army, the physical risks traveling/working in a war zone and the 24-7 sexual pressure from hundreds of soldiers who haven't seen a good-looking woman in months! This might make a motion picture.
âââââHonest, personal and oh-so humorous viewpoint of life in the military. What a crackup! Each and every chapter brings with it a new experience and of course, a new laugh - from MREs to toilets (or more appropriately, lack of toilets) to gunning and, one simply cannot forget the endless guard duty. It gives the reader an insider's view of what it's like to be in a war ravaged country and more importantly, what it's not like. Meichelbock's candid and personal portrayal of her experience makes you feel like you're reading the memoirs of a really good friend. A great read!
From the book: After 4x4ing for what seemed like hours, we hit our last town. This guy in a white robe figured out I was a girl. He was persistent. He stared at me the entire hour and a half we were there. He gave me the creeps. Sometimes I can easily read people and empathize, but on the flip side, I can read the bad people too. He didn’t have good thoughts. I had the distinct feeling he would like to humiliate me in some way. And it wasn’t that he didn’t smile, because he did sometimes. But between the whispering, stares, and the way he treated the others, I could tell he wasn’t a good person. I couldn’t wait to leave there…MORE >>
From the book: We’re here and it’s not changing, no matter how many celebrities complain. Plus, how do they know what’s going on? From the news? The media rarely leaves Baghdad. I’ve moved several times and only saw a reporter once. I see the people. I see the kids. They live in fear because bad guys come threaten them at their place of work. Sure, not everyone likes us, but most are just trying to get by. It’s not so different from everywhere else. They just want to provide for their families…MORE >>
The continuing story...
Go to the (724) 628-2329 page and read how Melia Meichelbock responded to a USA Today article.
Also, hear Melia's informative radio interview about her book and the impact it's had on her life and the lives of her fellow soldiers.