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Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation

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"The only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name."--Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War

In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words
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ebook, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Haymarket Books
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Phillip Twining
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I read this book I was opposed to the war in a general anti-war sentiment. I always thought to myself, "Thousands of people are dying as a direct result of American military operations, but at least things are not as bad as Vietnam." Of course now I see that irrational thinking as a way to ameliorate my own conscious, to allow me to go about my day-to-day life without having to concern myself with the wars in the Middle East. Things are just as bad as they were in Vietnam. We're not told ...more
David Hollingsworth
This book is one of the most important books I have ever read. I live near Camp Pendleton and had heard a few stories from marines about how they thought the war was BS, but nothing like the stuff contained here. Like others on here have said, I was already against the war before starting this book, but it was never ~real~ to me. I knew we had invaded Iraq on a flimsy pretext and the occasional story I heard from some marines reinforced this, but it was just an abstract idea to me. Reading this ...more
Emily
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, memoir, non-fiction
One of the books I am most glad to have read, ever. This is important. This is searing. It's the most unadulterated, unmitigated account of war and its aftermath - from a soldier's perspective, not a civilian's - that I've ever seen. This collection of oral testimonies given by Iraq Veterans Against the War is organized into different chapters; there's a chapter given to testimony about the changing Rules of Engagement, one about gender-based violence within the military, one about PTSD and lack ...more
Bob Sommer
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who wishes truly to understand the meaning and consequences of America’s invasion and occupancy in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book is required reading. The eyewitness accounts by veterans of these wars—this generation’s version of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War's Winter Soldier meeting held in 1971—offer all that the sanitized and under-reported coverage did not. “The hell that’s being brought back from Iraq and Afghanistan,” writes Camilo Mehiá, Chair of the Board of Iraq Veter ...more
Mowgli Olenason
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A staggering collection of first person accounts, terrifying at times, poignant at others; of veterans from the Iraq occupation. I cannot recommend this book enough. Eye opening, gives excellent food for thought from people who have been through the thick of the conflicts in Iraq, the invasion by American armed forces, and the political movement behind ending the occupation. Covers the dismal services often encountered with the VA. Explores the casual racism and dehumanizing that is partially be ...more
Bob
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what it says it is. It is impossible to believe that abuses in these wars have been limited to Abu Graib, Guantanamo and Haditha after reading this book. It gives soldiers a chance to tell what they were doing during their service, which could be summed up as killing people in pure panic.
By the end of it you can find yourself sympathizing with the soldiers who have been dropped into the shitty end of things by people who don't care any more for them than for the people they are killing.
Slowdancer29a
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A necessary read for all Americans. It will open your eyes to what this war has done to our men and women in the Armed Services and how much more important it is to do more to support our troops then just slapping a "Support Our Troops" sticker on your car!
Caitlin
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. It's like a documentary on paper with a variety of perspectives on the war, including Iraqi and Afghani people. I highly recommend this to everyone. It's not liberal media, it's straight from the soldiers' testimony.
Lama
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
truly a must read.
Ashley
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was really good to read this and understand that other soldiers feel the way I feel. Great Book!
Sara
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good without being too heavy.
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