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Surviving Iraq: Soldier's Stories

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The Iraq war is being fought by an all-volunteer army recruited from working-class America, and it is these men and women who are the stars of Tripp's powerfully moving book. Surviving Iraq: Soldiers' Stories is the result of a close collaboration between the author and thirty veterans who tell their stories of the invasion, occupation, and ongoing insurgency in Iraq. As f ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Olive Branch Press (first published October 11th 2007)
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Sadie Forsythe
Interesting as a relatively unstructured collection of oral history, but that same free-flow, 'let them say what they wish without prompting' aspect of the collection makes for repetition and a sense of randomness that somewhat undermines its gravitas. It also wasn't so much about surviving Iraq as experiencing and going to Iraq. The vast majority of stories are about the soldiers joining and shipping out and maybe one or two notable experiences while in Iraq/Kuwait.
Apr 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
A nicely written introduction carefully crafted by an author clearly against the war despite her efforts to try to seem objective, followed by rambling word for word accounts of "randomly chosen" former soldiers, sailors, Marines & airmen who almost all now attend Northeastern colleges. Reading their stream of conscience musings is tiresome and inevitably invokes some theory of conspiracy etc.

This was an easy book to write: the author wrote a nice introduction then just transcribed what the
Jan 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I think I only got through the first 22 pages of this book. The author definitely has an agenda that comes through in the leading questions she asks, which in my opinion negates her claim to be writing a book of soldiers' accounts of the war. Basically, there are better books out there on this subject.
Jan 27, 2009 marked it as to-read
my aunt lisa-
gave this book to my fiance; have only read my cousin torry's profile in it thus far (i find accounts of war difficult on the psyche)
Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
To each his own in describing the different perspectives of a rough place, but most of the stories just made me mad. It should and will always be about the person beside you.
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