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Doonesbury.com's The Sandbox: Dispatches from Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Launched as a military blog (or "milblog") by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau in October 2006, The Sandbox is an online forum through which service members in Afghanistan and Iraq share their stories with readers here at home. In hundreds of fascinating and compelling posts, soldiers write passionately, eloquently, and movingly of their day-to-day lives, of their mission, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Kathy
Sep 06, 2008 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book is made up of excerpts from the blogs of soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan. Most of them were written while these men (and one woman) were in action, although a few were written after the author had returned to the US. They paint a very realistic picture of what is going on "over there." They are--by turns--funny, brutally descriptive, angry, bitter, endearing, sweet, loving, exquisitely honest and confused. Some of them support our government's position and some of them don't. Some w ...more
Tony
Jan 05, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
Revisiting "letters" home from Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers. A challenging read. Hard to hear that war has not changed.
Sharon
Jun 09, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Easy read, enjoyable in parts, if anything written by someone fighting a war can be enjoyable.
Greg
Jan 23, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
For over a year Slate.com hosted an online venue where those serving in Iraq & Afghanistan ("the Sandbox") shared, in short and unvarnished posts, their experiences & opinions. The cumulative effect is an astonishingly kaleidoscopic view of on-the-ground, day-to-day realities, by turns funny, mundane, horrific. Gathered here is a generous selection of these posts by over 40 of the soldier-contributors.
Bill
May 12, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Just as in past conflicts some of the most amazing writing comes from the field. This compilation effectively shows the diverse feelings the conflict generates for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are serving there. A must read for anyone who truly wants to understand on a personal level what it means to have "Boots on the Ground".
Zechy
Aug 01, 2008 Zechy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a fantastic collection of blog entries from American soldiers serving in
Iraq and Afghanistan and their wives.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in what is
happening over there, to anyone who is interested in war in general
or anyone who is just looking for a good read.
Mark Fallon
Dec 28, 2007 Mark Fallon rated it it was amazing
An well-edited compilation of blogs by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including some spouses and others back home. Some great writing, some good writing - all true.

Dispels the myths that many people hold about the intelligence and education of soldiers.
Donna
May 06, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing
I read this shortly before my S.O. returned from Iraq. If you want to read genuine voices of military personnel, this is a taste of their reality.
The Sandbox blog was one of my lifelines through the 2007-2008 deployment.
Maria
Feb 27, 2008 Maria marked it as to-read
Collected first-person accounts from soldier in Iraq. Some of the people we worked with on Aftermath of War (Jami Gibbs, Lee Kelley) are included in this collection. Certain to be fascinating.
Stephanie
Jul 12, 2008 Stephanie is currently reading it
Just started this. Fascinating so far. A variety of viewpoints and voices on many different experiences of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This war is a tragedy on every level.
Casie
Jan 08, 2009 Casie rated it really liked it
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The compassion of our soldiers; The good, the gruesome and the freakish of life in Afghanistan and Iraq as a U.S. soldier
Mike DaRonco
Dec 26, 2007 Mike DaRonco rated it it was amazing
Some of the most honest writing coming out today.
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GREAT book!! would like to read more like it!
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Good snippets.
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Garretson Beekman "Garry" Trudeau is an American cartoonist, best known for the Doonesbury comic strip. In 1970, Trudeau's creation of Doonesbury was syndicated by the newly formed Universal Press Syndicate. Today Doonesbury is syndicated to almost 1,400 newspapers worldwide and is accessible online in association with Slate Magazine at doonesbury.com. In 1975, he became the first comic strip arti ...more
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