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No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon S Long Journey Home from the Iraq War

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A War Zone of the Soul
Dr. W. Lee Warren's life as a neurosurgeon in a trauma center began to unravel long before he shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. When he traded a comfortable if demanding practice in San Antonio, Texas, for a ride on a C-130 into the combat zone, he was already reeling from months of personal struggle.
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Zondervan (first published February 25th 2014)
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James Pate
W. Lee Warren. No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War. Zondervan, 2014.

W. Lee Warren was an American medic in Iraq during the Iraq War. He treated Americans and Iraqis, including Iraqi insurgents. He even met Saddam Hussein after Saddam’s overthrow. This book is largely about the operations that he performed on Americans and Iraqis, and the carnage with which he came into contact. Writing his story was a way for him to address his post-traumatic stress.

The most i
Amanda Geaney
No Place to Hide is really a book about two wars – one a military conflict and the other a combat surgeons battle for control. The first war magnifies the physical sacrifice and emotional wounds that service men and women are willing to endure for our freedoms. No Place to Hide details the cost of war while honoring human compassion. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster through intimate accounts of lives saved and lives lost. The second war takes place within Dr. Warren as his ...more
Gabriella Gricius
Why Read: Originally something on NetGalley I wasn’t super interested in, I ended up enjoying the book ten times more than I thought I would. Normally I don’t read anything remotely resembling war fiction or religion, but somehow this book was different. So I suppose I’m actually quite glad it came into my lap.

Review: When a book gets me to tear up… I know it’s a good one. Especially when the topics are about things that I would never normally read: war and religion ring a bell? Even the concept
Kim Hamblin
Great read for those who are interested in personal accounts of the war in Iraq. It details the experiences of an Air Force neurosurgeon in Balad, Iraq during a 4 month rotation in 2004-2005 in the period leading up to the election. This was a brutal time with multiple terrorist/insurgent attacks and many horrible casualties inflicted by IEDs. Told with detail, sometimes grisly, and with a testimony to Lee Warren's Christian faith.
EXCELLENT. Best book I've read in a long time regardless of your political views or your thoughts on the war in Iraq. It ranks up there with "Unbroken" as a book I didn't expect to be so absorbed by that I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to see what else he has written.
Tried to read. Too much of the grisly war hospital. Stayed with is 25% couldn't take it. So disturbing.
Dr. W. Lee Warren arrived at the 332nd Theater Hospital in Balad ab, Iraq in late 2004. His term of duty as a neurosurgeon ended four months later at the end of April, 2005. No Place to Hide – A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home From the Iraq War is the story of those months. But it is more.

Warren went to Iraq at a time when his marriage was teetering on the edge. His experience in Iraq is framed by the turmoil in his personal life. The dangers, pressure, and extreme injuries he faces every day
Holly Barrett
No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren, MD chronicles Dr. Warren’s experiences in an Air Force surgical hospital during the war in Iraq. Four life-changing months were spent in Balad, Iraq as Dr. Warren worked to save the lives of our military men and women as well as both Iraqi allies and enemies.

But there’s so much more to his story than that. Arriving in Iraq while the fate of his marriage and family were unknown, Dr. Warren spends these month
Michelle Kidwell
No Place to Hide
A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War
W. Lee Warren
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No Place to Hide is the powerful true story of a Brain Surgeon’s journey in the Iraq war. This book offers a candid account of the things he saw.

W.Lee Warren talks openly about some of the injuries he saw from IEDs as well as other war related injuries he talks about how he had to get used to working in a first class hospital in the states to working in war conditions in Iraq.

In this book W. Lee shar
Vera Godley
Don't plan on this being a book about soldiers and battalions fighting with ammunition zinging, tanks and planes duking it out with cannons and weaponry blazing. It is not a "war" book in that essence. It is, however, a war book that will engage the reader and provide insight into the war that is waged in a field-hospital in a war zone. It will allow you to see the mental, emotional, and physical strength of our soldier/doctors and soldier/medics and our soldier/chaplains. You will see their wea ...more
Crystal Carder
I received this book in exchange for my honest review

When I signed up to review this book, I never thought it would be a book that I would enjoy as much as I did. The cover was boring and if it weren't for the American flag, I probably wouldn't have chose it as a book I wanted to review.

No Place to Hide, A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home From The Iraq War by W. Lee Warren, M.D. is a biography of a brain surgeon and his encounters while in the Iraq war. W. Lee Warren, M.D. never expected the ch
Katherine Wacker
In No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War, W. Lee Warren chronicles his four months in Iraq as he and his team of doctors attempt to save lives while under fire themselves. Meanwhile, on the home front, his marriage is falling apart. In the process of ministering to the broken and the bleeding, Warren is forced to face his own weaknesses and seek a deeper relationship with God. Alone during a mortar attack, Warren is compelled to make a decision that changes his ...more
What better place to rekindle your faith in God than in a "hospital" in Iraq. An easy to read story of an Air Force brain surgeon and his 4 months operating in a tent hospital in Balad, Iraq - the place the helicopters bring the victims of IEDs, shootings and whatever else may befall our soldiers. The conditions they work under will really make you appreciate just how good we have it. This dovetailed nicely with the the Bible study we are doing on trusting God. The phrase used several times is " ...more
I found out about this book when it was added to the 2015 Air Force Chief of Staff's Reading List. This book is about a neurosurgeon's experience at the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group (Air Force Theater Hospital) at Balad AB, Iraq. I was part of the 332nd at 2 different times in 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. The first was almost exactly a year after Dr Warren was there. It was very interesting to read about somebody else's experiences in a similar situation. Dr Warren wrote this book about his exp ...more
While it's not for everyone (the graphic scenes you'd expect dealing with a neurosurgeon in Iraq), I think it's important not to forget the price of freedom. This is a well written, introspective memoir, and I love that it brings with it a feeling of peace.
Ally Lynn
This is literally the best book I've read in a long time. It opens your eyes and truly changes you. The author is a Christian and I personally think that makes the book even better!
It may be accurate, but I can hear this bias for U.S.troops and how great are they? Forget to mention that we invaded their country based on lies.
Mary Beth
He writes extremely well about what had to be a very harrowing experience. I smiled and cried by turns. I hope he's doing well and loving life.
I saw this book on the Air Force Chief of Staff reading list and decided to take a chance on it. It became a page-turner read for me as I just wanted to read yet another short chapter to see what happened.
Clearly and concisely written without a lot of medical jargon, Gives a 'feel' of being a battlefront doc with the decisions involved and the work that must be done without dwelling on the difficulties.
Highly recommend this book. Touching and eye opening.
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