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Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years

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For more than a decade, Ron Capps, serving as both a senior military intelligence officer and as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State, was witness to war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. From government atrocities in Kosovo, to the brutal cruelties perpetrated in several conflicts in central Africa, the wars in both Aghanistan and Iraq, and ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Schaffner Press, Inc. (first published January 1st 2014)
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James Kuiken
Feb 18, 2015 James Kuiken rated it it was amazing
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From All Right to Almost Suicide and back again – an introspective observation of war

What does war feel like? Not in the “gaming” or movie world, but real, actual war? If you’ve never been there, this is going to be an eye opener, and if you have, it’s a punch in the gut that brings back a lot of memories of the rough times. This isn’t an action thriller, it’s a treatise on the emotional toll and dehumanization that war experiences bring. A real must-read in today’s world of returning veterans.

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Charlie Sherpa
Jan 22, 2016 Charlie Sherpa rated it it was amazing
Military and U.S. State Department veteran Ron Capps likes to say that he served on the ragged edges of civilization, including tours in Central Africa, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Dafur. In a newly available memoir, he describes how that service nearly unraveled him personally, professionally, and, most of all, psychologically.

Pieced together, his book also illuminates the limitations of ad hoc diplomatic and military efforts in a world challenged by terrorism, poverty, and genocide. Finally
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Jane
Jun 07, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of working off and on with Ron during some of his rotations through Washington. I was a huge fan and admirer of his work as a foreign service officer, and I remain in awe of all that he did throughout his career. However, there are many in the foreign service and in the military who joined him in doing this kind of work, serving not only our country but humanity. His book captures perfectly the service and sacrifice of so many others as well. Our small individual acts and our ...more
Peter
Jul 09, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok
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Describes in sometimes artful language (but mostly unturned prose) the breakdown of an ex-soldier member of the U.S. foreign service in the course of some difficult assignments, including the most highly impactful of them, Bosnia. The Bosnia assignment, which is described in the most careful detail, is really the heart of this book, in my opinion. The only uplift for the reader is learning of the efforts that Mr. Capp is making in the writing cure for veterans with PSTD following his retirement ...more
Kaitlynn
Feb 14, 2015 Kaitlynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was eye opening and refreshing. All too often we view war through the rose colored lense of the silver screen and forget what it really means, what it really does. This is a book about victories and defeats- small acts of bravery and the failure of a system we depend on. It's the human side of the equation we tend to ignore. Ron Capps did an amazing job, the impressions left went deep. More people need to read this book, more people need to remember, to bear witness as he ...more
Richard Taylor
Sep 28, 2014 Richard Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing war

I muddled through the five wars in ten years, taking entirely too long, because I forgot why I started it in the first place. Capps describes his experiences and his reactions to them in graphic detail. His PTSD is perhaps more severe than most people experience, more than me, but his prescription at the end of his story--writing--is the one that led me this book in the first place. I'm a firm supporter of veterans writing down their experiences--perhaps a variation of the Wounded War
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Judith
Jul 21, 2014 Judith rated it it was amazing
Incredible reading!! Every page keeps me turning pages. Capps is a seriously fine journalist and uses his work to create cliff-hanger action stories. He's been keeping me up all night reading his adventures. NOW I wish he could write faster and publish MORE of his latest adventures. I'll be looking for a new release!!! This book is NOT for the squeamish reader. It's real, it's graphic and he's lived it.

I want another Capps book real soon. Whew! What a "ride"!!
David Peters
Aug 11, 2014 David Peters rated it it was amazing
Great book about war and how it seeps its way into the soul. Ron Capps captures war so well from his unique perspective. I loaned my copy to a Bosnian veteran and he devoured it. He said it helped him understand what happened to him over there. I'm going to read it again. Especially the spirituality parts.

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The founder and director of the VWP, Ron served 25 years in the Army and Army Reserve and is a combat veteran of Afghanistan. He has been a contributor to Time Magazine’s Battleland blog, The American Interest, and to Foreign Policy; his literary writing has been featured in JMWW, The New York Times, The Delmarva Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Prime Number, and Riverlit. The Washington Post ...more
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