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Pulitzer Prize–winner Hedges (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning) collaborates with journalist Al-Arian in this slight polemic that investigates the suffering of Iraqi civilians at the hands of American troops. With the help of groups like Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace, the authors identify and interview 50 combat veterans—their methodology, however, is noticeably flawed: their sample is too small and their selection process is skewed toward critics of the war. Interviewees like Sgt. Camilo Majia, who was court-martialed for desertion and given a bad-conduct discharge, are allowed to relate not only eye-witness but also secondhand accounts. Broad allegations implying that most troops are complicit in murdering unarmed Iraqis or that it is standard practice to plant weapons on murdered civilians go unchallenged, while the authors point to a culture of terror and hatred among U.S. forces for whom abusing civilians has become a kind of perverted sport. However admirable the authors' aims, their selective and biased interpretation of events might disappoint readers looking for a more objective analysis. (June)
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"A brilliant, thoughtful, timely and unsettling book.... Abounds with Hedges' harrowing and terribly moving eyewitness accounts.... Powerful and informative."See all Editorial Reviews
Clear accounts of US war crimes and deflection of responsibilities to the chain of command. Bush, Cheney and pentagon should be held in the hague indefinitely for war crimes and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by SimonPaff
If you want the other half of the story about our "war to bring peace to the Middle East," then this is for you. Read morePublished 15 months ago by LON EILDERS
Powerful, informative and insightful. America needs to hear these real life accounts of what war really means and creates. It turns men into monstersPublished 18 months ago by jeffery martin
I too cannot believe how much propaganda this book contains. 50 soldiers?? Really?? Hundreds of thousands of US troops have been stationed in Iraq as well as Afghanistan, so 50... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by A. Hassan
I read this book in a few hours at the airport and on a plane. Interesting and presents some insights into the Irag war. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Kenoz
to read mr Hodges books is PLEASuRE, PRIDE and PRIVIlEGE. The Life of Illusion is masterpiece
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This is the ideal book to give to the "patriotic" friend/acquaintance arm-chair "warrior" who is all gung-ho about sending in the Marines but then ignores their pain and problems... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Fenris Wolf
I just heard a lecture from one of the authors at my college today. I am a veteran with six years active duty service. I was deployed 3 times for a total of 34 months. Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Victor M. Chavez