After a few of my friends at the 101st Air Assault Division mentioned that they and the rest of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the Persian Gulf War started to call the 82nd Airborne the "82nd Truckborne", because they were at the rear of the Corps lagging behind in trucks, and saw zero combat. I was already very disppointed in the airborne concept since I heard General Schwarzkopf on a History Channel special describe the 82nd as being nothing more than a bump in the road at the outset of the crisis since they showed up to a gunfight with a slingshot and would have been overun by the Iraquis if they had wanted to do so.
After hearing my veteran friends of the 101st harras the 82nd so much, I was pleased to read this book and at least get a glimmer of hope that we weren't throwing away good money after bad by supporting this unit. Tom Clancy paints a good picture of the unit, it's motivated men and shows that there might be a role for them after all.
The one thing I thought was missing was the huge controversy going on right now with the US Army buying the wheeled LAVs to replace the aging Sheridans. But in Clancy's defense, I think the book was written before this had become a huge issue.
I have a deep respect for any member of the US armed forces, and Tom Clancy does a good job of describing their fighting spirit.