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Grief of My Heart: Memoirs of a Chechen Surgeon Paperback – October 13, 2005

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“With its intimate portrait of a shamefully neglected region, it is at once eye-opening and deeply affecting.” ―Sheri Fink, author of War Hospital

“Spectacular...a detailed account of the effects of modern warfare on its victims.” ―Christian Caryl, The New York Review of Books

“Baiev's vivid, disturbing account unfolds in the mind's eye like a movie. His extraordinary empathy for both sides is inspiring.” ―William Taubman, The Boston Globe

“Baiev's narrative lends itself to multiple readings….He portrays the full, agreeable existence of a proud people, thoroughly suffused by tight family allegiances and human warmth. Then he shows their lives shattered by war.” ―The Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Khassan Baiev lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. Nicholas and Ruth Daniloff live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802777090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802777096
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read and re read this book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The depth of human drama, human goodness and human cruelty reflected in this book rival any of the classics. Through the most difficult times, this Doctor keeps his oath and his humanity while saving thousands. Being originally from Chechnya, I can assure you that the story and the horror are real. Read it and it will give you a much better idea about what actually goes on in those far away remote confilicts. You will also be inspired. I recommend it absolutly.
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I am a firm beliebver that all things happen for a reason and some things are extremely difficult to understand. I picked up this book on my way out of Barnes & Nobles and did not expect much from it. I have read it and I am still in shock. The scenes that this book has in it are terrifying and it is a shame that the American public does not see the images of Chechnya like they do of Iraq.I pray that the death toll and damage that has been done to these Chechneyans will soon come to an end. I know there will be colateral damage and this book tells you why.

I felt anger as I read in chapter 10 where he describes going to a city called Grozny where Khassan has to dodge and hide from Russian helicopters that are firing missles into homes and at groups of women and children. I could not believe that all Chechen males from 6-65 are thrown into concentration camps. There are 15 million land mines in this small country. I was humbled when the doctor asked a man,who had just stepped on a land mine, that he had to amputate his leg and the poor fellow said: do what you must, but if there are other people worse than me, take care of them first. This was during the time he had to operate on people for 36 hours straight. May Allah reward this man for his help in those grimm times. These are just some of the Unbelievable things you will read in this book. Pick it up and just read a few pages and you will be locked into it. I can't recommend this book enough for doctors or those interested in what makes a terrorist. Please check this book out, you wont be dissapointed.
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I have to say that when I saw that there was another book by Chechen surgeon, Khassan Baiev, I was anxious to get my hands on a copy. After reading and enjoying The Oath, I thought there was more to come. I was more than disappointed when I received my copy only to find out that it is the same exact book with a new title. It is disheartening to me that Amazon is still selling a combo package for both of these books on their website even after I wrote to them to let them know of the mistake.
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I urge everyone to read this book. It is a book of great courage and compassion. I have now finished reading the book in three sittings and my heart is heavy. I hope Dr. Baiev will one day practice medicine in the US, and can be a doctor again to those who need him most, regardless of creed, race, religion and money. Dr. Baiev is an exemplary doctor, there should be more doctors like him.
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Wow. Nice to see a modern day chechen islamic propaganda :) But seriously, just avoid this book. This is a one-sided account of war in chechnya, of course from chechen side.
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