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Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib

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On a frigid afternoon in February 2003, Deanna Germain, a nurse practitioner and new grandmother living in Blaine, Minnesota, received the registered letter she had hoped would never arrive. In six days she was to report for active duty as war loomed in Iraq. The purpose of mobilization: “For Enduring Freedom.”
 
With startling detail, Lt. Col. Germain offers a clear-eyed ac
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Borealis Books
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Marcia
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
DDC: 956.704437. Subjects: Iraq War 2003, Nurse practioners, Iraq, Abu Ghraib Prison. From the heart memoir of 52-year-old wife, mother, grandmother, nurse practitioner, and Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel living the American dream in Minnesota until her orders arrive--report to active duty. It is February 2003. As she steps off the C-130 military plane a 1st Sergeant welcomes her to Baghdad and informs her "You have accepted the worst assignment in Iraq". Follow the author through her 18-month ...more
Kristen
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Deanna Germain for this intimate look into your life at Abu Ghraib. You approach the subject with so much thoughtfulness and kindness, and having a glimpse into what you experienced while you served there was very touching. It was also personal on another level, as my younger sister was in your unit and appears in the group pictures printed in the book. I was also told that a certain quote in the book is her speaking, and I can't tell you how much it means to me to have that connection ...more
Marianne Sciucco
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as research for my own novel-in-progress which has a character serving as an Army nurse in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am also a nurse but have no military experience. Ms. Germain's insights were so helpful in describing what a nurse in this situation experiences and endures. Her story is real and honest and covers many issues I had not considered. I have a deeper appreciation for our soldiers and for our medical personnel serving in the Middle East and around the world after readin ...more
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