Susan Grodsky's Reviews > I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story

I am a Soldier, Too by Rick Bragg
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Sep 13, 12

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Rick Bragg can be wonderful but this book is a potboiler written for quick cash. Bragg evokes the predictable theme of "down home country girl comes home from war to the hearty embrace of her simple salt of the earth family and friends." It's an appealing cliche but Bragg is more interesting and more believable when he probes the darker aspects of rural America.

By adhering so closely to his made to sell theme, Bragg ignores the more interesting questions. Why did the convey's mission go so fatally wrong? Why did the Iraqi doctors treat Jessica? What does the beatification of Jessica tell us about the Pentagon's spin machine?

The book is a quick read and gave me the basics of Jessi's story. Worth knowing. But Bragg seems to think that truck drivers from West Virginia are somehow better Americans than software engineers in California. Not true. And this sort of upside down snobbery is the worst.

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