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Blood-and-guts accounts of Fallujah are not in short supply, but Jadick—a career Marine officer and brigade surgeon who took a demotion to battalion surgeon to volunteer for service in Iraq in 2004—tells the story through the eyes of a doctor. Unlike colleagues who remained in battalion aid stations behind the lines, Jadick and his medics accompanied their unit in makeshift ambulances as it battled through the streets. This was not bravado, he writes, but a calculated strategy to reach, stabilize and rush wounded troops to hospitals more quickly. He makes his case many times over, with dramatic accounts of catastrophically injured men from his unit and others who would not have survived a journey to the aid station. This remarkable man's story is well worth telling, although his writer should have discouraged him from frequent pauses for memorial essays on every soldier who died, and to remind readers of the Marines' bravery, of the dedication of the medics, and how much he loves his wife, the Marines and America. Readers who can skim past these segments will find the book a memorable experience. (Mar. 6)
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For many Americans, the image of a military trauma surgeon was crystallized by the character of Hawkeye Pierce, the wisecracking, authority-hating, unwilling draftee made famous by the film and television series M*A*S*H*. But this memoir is the real thing, and it isn't funny. Jadick was an experienced Marine Corps officer who eventually attended medical school on a navy scholarship. In 2004 he left a promising civilian career as a urologist, responding to the military's desperate need for trained surgeons in Iraq. Jadick found himself in the midst of the savage fight for control of the city of Falluja. He chose to operate on the front line, saving both time and lives. Jadick's story is shocking, bloody, and, at times, sickening. He pulls no punches in describing the devastating injuries he had to cope with day after day. Yet this is an inspiring story, both because of the dedicated and brilliant innovations practiced by Jadick and his colleagues and the sheer bravery of the soldiers he encountered. Jay Freeman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; First Edition edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220536
  • ASIN: B000RWD3GY
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Perry M. Smith on March 16, 2007
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Richard Jadick just blew me away with this book. This is much more than a book about saving lives in desperate situtations. It also about creativity, teamwork, leadership, altruism and love for your fellow man. Who should read this book? Anyone interested in military history, in the relationship between the Navy and the Marine Corps, in traumatic care in peace and war, in the realities of intense combat, in combat injuries and their treatment. It is also a must read for anyone considering joining the military or becoming a medical professional. The very best chapters start with chapter 8 and continue on to the end of the book. If you thought Hemingway could write about warfare, you should read what Commander Jadick and his co-author have put together. A modern day classic.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MAG 49 DOC on March 10, 2007
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This is a truly outstanding book which conveys the reality of combat medicine and the dedication of the physicians and corpsmen who accompany the US Marine Corps on the front lines. This should be required reading for every American. The Publishers Weekly review unfortunately missed the entire point of this book with their comment regarding the emphasis placed on each Marine who lost his life in the battle of Fallujah. This book wasn't written to make money, create fame or make best-sellers lists; it was specifically written to bring attention to and laud each of those Marines and US Navy corpsmen who serve a cause greater than themselves and who gave their lives for their country, their Corps, their fellow Marines and for our Freedom. Semper Fi.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ron Camarda on March 22, 2007
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For the last two days I have been reading this book with gratitude and a much better appreciation of THE HELL we went through and THE HELL the fine Marines, Soldiers and Navy Docs went through. I already knew a lot.

I was the Catholic Chaplain assigned to Bravo Surgical from September 2004 until March of 2005. I kept a small green notebook of all the casualties and "angels" I ministered to. There are at least 30 of the men that Dr. Jadick mentions in his book in my little green notebook. I was there with Chaplain Cox when he grieved over LCPL D. Brown. I know the smell of brain matter. The Navy Chaplain Corps has a motto: Vocati ad Servituum which means "Called to Serve". It truly was a call and an honor to serve in Hell...but as Richard Jadick leads us...it is also a call to serve in Heaven. Those of us who served couldn't have been anywhere else. At 45 and passed over at least three times, and a Reservist...I did everything to resist going. I not only said, "No." I said "Hell NO!" Even when I could get out of it, my devotion to God and Country allowed me to answer "yes". I thank God I made the right choice.

Now I know better what the men went through before they got to me, thank God many living.

This book is hard to read. However it is a must read. It isn't political. It simply tells it how it is. If you want the Chaplains point of view in the exact same area google: "Father Ron Camarda" and check out "Best Christmas Ever" and "Father Ron a Year Later". This article written by Mark Woods for the Florida Times Union on Christmas Day 2005 took presidence over the Jaguars making the playoffs after 6 years.

This is truly an amazing book about Stories. Thank You, Thank You, Semper Fi!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Foulballchaser on May 1, 2007
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This was an outstanding narrative. If I did not know it was an autobiography I would have thought it was Tom Clancy's newest series because it read as a well written novel. I truly felt I was there with Cdr. Jadick, from his childhood growing up with the loss of his brother to college hanging from a sheet outside a window to packing guaze in an open thigh wound in the back of Hummer in Iraq. He so vividly describes his experiences that you feel his excitement when things go well and his loss when they don't. It's truly a remarkable work of literature.

I don't get a chance to read for pleasure very often, but this was definately worth the time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on April 9, 2007
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My little brother was one of the Marines that CDR Jadick saved on the streets of Fallujah. This book is an excellent account of the events that took place while the Battle for Fallujah happened in 2004. I've heard stories about many of the men mentioned - LCPL Brown, LCPL Gavriel, SGT Wells, etc - from things my brother has told me. I am so glad that someone took the time to honor these heroes and allow the rest of the world to get a glimpse of how wonderful they were. It was very touching (and heart wrenching) to read Jadick describe these men and how they gave the ultimate sacrafice for their "brothers," our country and the Iraqi people.

You can feel how painful it was for Jadick and his Corpsman during the battle and how stressful it would get. The book was well written and easy to understand, even when describing medical and Military terms. If you want to read a real account of what sacrafice is and what is really going on in Iraq, this is the book for you.

I am honored that my brother served with Jadick, the Corpsmen and the other Marines of 1/8. Your sacrafices are noticed and appreciated more than you will ever understand.

Semper Fi Devil Dogs!!
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