The #1 best-selling author of The Perfect Storm offers an on-the-ground account of a single platoon during its 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Much talked-about novels arrive this week: Emma Donoghue's Room, about a captive mother and child, Justin Cronin's apocalyptic vampire novel The Passage, and Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist. In nonfiction, there's Sebastian Junger's War in Afghanistan, and Robert McCrum explains how English become the world's common tongue.