I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen–My Journey Home

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Touchstone #ad - Shoshana johnson became the first black female prisoner of war in United States history. S. In march 2003, operation Iraqi Freedom made world headlines when a U. Shoshana holds nothing back in this harrowing account of an ordinary woman caught in extraordinary circumstances. Told with exceptional bravery and candor, i’m Still Standing is at once a provocative look at the politics of war and the unforgettable story of a single mom and soldier who became an American hero.

Army convoy was attacked en route to Baghdad. She reveals decisions made by chain of command that may have led to her twenty-two-day imprisonment, describes the pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, and shares the surprising story of how a specialist in a maintenance company ended up on the front lines of war.

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I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story

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Vintage #ad - Here lynch’s true heroism and above all, is allowed to emerge, modesty, as we're shown how she managed her physical recovery from her debilitating wounds and contended with the misinformation--both deliberate and unintended--surrounding her highly publicized rescue. In the end, what we see is a uniquely American story of courage and true heroism.

Here we see how a humble rural upbringing leads to a stint in the military, one of the most exciting job options for a young person in Palestine, West Virginia. And we gain new perspective on her rescue from an Iraqi hospital where she had been receiving care. We see the real story behind the ambush in the Iraqi Desert that led to Lynch's capture.

I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story #ad - In i am a soldier, too, bragg lets jessica lynch tell the story of her capture in the Iraq War in her own words--not the sensationalized ones of the media's initial reports. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Rick Bragg lends his remarkable narrative skills to the story of the most famous POW this country has known.

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Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army: Young, Female and in the U.S. Army

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Brave, honest, and necessary. Nancy pearl, npr seattlekayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U. S. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of today’s military, Williams offers us “a raw, unadulterated look at war” San Antonio Express News and at the U. S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller.

Army. And she gives us a woman’s story of empowerment and self-discovery. With a voice that is “funny, she tells of enlisting under clinton; of learning arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, frank and full of gritty details” New York Daily News, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be going to war.

Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army: Young, Female and in the U.S. Army #ad - With a passion that makes her memoir “nearly impossible to put down” Buffalo News Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child.

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Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

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Stackpole Books #ad - Winner of the 2007 american authors association golden Quill Award * Winner of the 2007 Military Writers Society of America Founders Award In Iraq, the front lines are everywhere. Military are fighting--more than 155, 000 of them. A critical and commercial success in hardcover, Band of Sisters presents a dozen groundbreaking and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in combat in Iraq, such as the U.

S. S first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the militarys first black female pilot in combat, a young turret gunner defending convoys, and a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own. And everywhere in iraq, no matter what their job descriptions say, women in the U. S.

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The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq

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Penguin Books #ad - A blistering debut that does for the iraqi perspective on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan what Phil Klay’s Redeployment does for the American perspective“A wonderful collection. George saunders, the new york times book reviewthe first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective—by an explosive new voice hailed as “perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive” The Guardian—The Corpse Exhibition shows us the war as we have never seen it before.

Gripping and hallucinatory, this is a new kind of storytelling forged in the crucible of war. Blending shocking realism with flights of fantasy, as haunting as the photos of Abu Ghraib and as difficult to look away from, The Corpse Exhibition offers us a pageant of horrors, but shot through with a gallows humor that yields an unflinching comedy of the macabre.

The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq #ad - Here is a world not only of soldiers and assassins, angels and djinni, hostages and car bombers, refugees and terrorists, but also of madmen and prophets, sorcerers and spirits.

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House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

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Free Press #ad - Mcmaster, author of dereliction of Duty “They used to say that the real war will never get in the books. Here it does, stunningly. Thomas E. Bellavia has written an unforgettable story of triumph, tragedy, and the resilience of the human spirit. The classic soldier’s memoir from medal of honor recipient staff sergeant david bellavia “a rare and gripping account of frontline combat.

Ltg ret. H. R. Ricks, author of fiasco: the american military Adventure in Iraq and Making the Corps “To read this book is to know intimately the daily grind and danger of men at war. Anthony swofford, new york times bestselling author of jarheadone of the great heroes of the Iraq War, Alpha Company, into a lethally choreographed kill zone: the booby-trapped, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia captures the brutal action and raw intensity of leading his Third Platoon, explosive-laden houses of Fallujah's militant insurgents.

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War #ad - Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, as well as the chilling account of the singular courage that earned Bellavia the Medal of Honor: Entering one house alone, not all of whom would make it out alive, this stunning war memoir features an indelibly drawn cast of characters, he used every weapon at his disposal in the fight of his life against America's most implacable enemy.

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Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq

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The Feminist Press at CUNY #ad - Baghdad burning is a quotidian chronicle of Riverbend’s life with her family between April 2003 and September of 2004. She describes rolling blackouts, daily explosions, intermittent water access, gas shortages and travel restrictions. She also expresses a strong stance against the interim government, the Bush administration, and Islamic fundamentalists like Al Sadr and his followers.

Since the fall of bagdad, women’s voices have been largely erased, but four months after Saddam Hussein’s statue fell, a 24 year-old woman from Baghdad began blogging. Riverbend is bright and opinionated, but like all voices of dissent worth remembering, whichever governments we struggle under, true, she provides an urgent reminder that, we are all the same.

Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq #ad - Booklist   “feisty and learned: first-rate reading for any American who suspects that Fox News may not be telling the whole story. Kirkus. Her book “offers quick takes on events as they occur, from a perspective too often overlooked, ignored or suppressed” Publishers Weekly. In 2003, a twenty-four-year-old woman from Baghdad began blogging about life in the city under the pseudonym Riverbend.

Her passion, honesty, and wry idiomatic English made her work a vital contribution to our understanding of post-war Iraq—and won her a large following.

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Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

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Dutton Caliber #ad - And major candice o’brien deals with deployment to Afghanistan, with two young children and a strained marriage back home. Undaunted is the story of these courageous trailblazers—their struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs in the name of serving the country they love. In this groundbreaking, separation from children, veiled discrimination, questions about life goals, insider’s look at the women defending our nation, marriage problems, dating, belonging to an old boys’ club, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues—of femininity, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories.

Brigadier general angela salinas, the Marine Corps’ first Hispanic female general, faces the challenge of commanding an all-male institution. Despite advances, to overcome challenges men never face, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood.

Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military #ad - As she did so provocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biank gives us the inside story of women in today’s military—the professional and personal challenges that confront female soldiers from the combat zone to the home front. Second lieutenant bergan flanagan finds herself on the frontlines in Afghanistan, serving in the same military police company as her husband.

Since 9/11, more than 240, 000 women soldiers have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up fourteen percent of the total active-duty forces.

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Redeployment

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Penguin Books #ad - Winner of the 2014 national book award for fiction · winner of the john leonard first book prize · selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review,  Amazon, and more  Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,  Time, asking us to understand what happened there,  Newsweek,  The Washington Post Book World, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.

Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.

Redeployment #ad - Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation. And iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel.

And in the darkly comic "money as a weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, and the isolation, remorse, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.

In "redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died.

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Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

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Random House #ad - Bennett. A naval aviator, he was shot down over Hanoi in 1967. And the greatest freedom and human fulfillment comes from engaging in a noble enterprise larger than oneself. As prisoner and later senator McCain instructs us: Glory is not an end in itself, but rather a reward for valor and faith. Mccain’s father, also a four-star admiral, served as commander of all U.

S. Recognized as the son of a top commander, McCain was tortured and imprisoned for five and a half years. Impressive and inspiring, the story of a man touched and molded by fire who loved and served his country in a time of great trouble, suffering, and challenge. Kirkus reviews   “a serious, utterly gripping account of faith, fathers, and the military.

Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir #ad - Publishers weekly starred review   “faith of my Fathers may also appeal to those who flocked to Saving Private Ryan and kept Brokaw's The Greatest Generation near the top of the bestseller lists. Library journal   “faith of My Fathers is the powerful story of a war hero. New york times bestseller • senator john mccain’s deeply moving memoir is the story of three generations of warriors and the ways that sons are shaped and enriched by their fathers.

John mccain’s grandfather, a four-star admiral and one of the navy’s greatest commanders, led the strongest aircraft carrier force of the Third Fleet during World War II. Despite this, he refused Vietnamese offers of an early release.

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The Hatred of Poetry

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FSG Originals #ad - He examines poetry's greatest haters beginning with plato's famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, McGonagall, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Whitman, Dickinson, who would only corrupt and mislead the young and both its greatest and worst practitioners, and others. In the hatred of poetry, lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible.

Many more people agree they hate poetry, " Ben Lerner writes, "than can agree what poetry is. Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore.

The Hatred of Poetry #ad - In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art. No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It's even bemoaned by poets: "I, dislike it, too, " wrote Marianne Moore.

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