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Ruff's War: A Navy Nurse on the Frontline in Iraq Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591147395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591147398
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two retired navy nurses collaborate effectively in this account of the tour of duty one of them, Commander Ruff, had in Iraq, where she was the only nurse anesthetist in the combat zone. After 25 years, Ruff had thought navy nursing held few remaining surprises. She was wrong. The constant flow of casualties taxed the resources of the hospitals and their staff, and those resources suffered more than somewhat from prevailing logistical difficulties. Nor is the best of modern field medicine always equal to the wounds inflicted by modern weapons. Sometimes operating with lights attached to their helmets and gas masks over their faces because of a warning, Ruff and her colleagues, as much as they undoubtedly wished to be elsewhere, still performed up to the highest standards of a valiant corps. She vividly recalls her honorable service, literally against the pains of war. Roland Green
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"It takes a great deal of courage and empathy to put into print your deepest thoughts, fears, and anxiety for your fellow man as you describe your role as a Navy Nurse Corps officer. Commander Ruff has done just that. Her vivid descriptions of combat casualty care are realistic and honest. Military women for years to come will owe her and Commander Roper a vote of thanks." -- Rear Adm. Frances Shea Buckley, NC, USN (Ret.), Director, Navy Nurse Corps, 1979- 1983

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After completing the book I was disappointed in it content.
iodine
The tours in the Middle East were the most enjoyable for me because I realize I may go to Iraq one day... but at least Ruff is honest about the life style over there.
Bunny
I am grateful to Cdr Ruff for re-living her horrific experience and telling her story.
Bob

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Macpherson on December 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Ruff's War" is a great read --- it's a true story of a nurse on the front lines in Iraq. Having been a Navy nurse myself during the VietNam war, I heard many accounts of military nurses during that war. But this is my first read about Iraq. I found it to be truly a terrific book. It was like reading Cheryl's personal diary of her every day encounters and struggles while serving in Iraq. I kept thinking that this was a relatively short time in that country. And I try to imagine what it must be like for the military who are there for a much greater amount of time. Reading about her experiences has given me a look at how much those soldiers must endure daily for perhaps a year or more. It makes me wonder how any human being can survive living in that country under those conditions and fighting for their lives and others at the same time.

Obviously, Cheryl survived to return home, landing in the U.S. under her own ability to walk off that airplane. Reading about the war, makes me appreciate more what these men and women do for our country every day. It helps me know that they deserve much credit and support for their efforts and also makes me very sad to know that there are some who only return home in body bags. I'm very patriotic and proud of our troops. As an ex-Navy nurse, I applaud all they do and am proud to read of Cheryl's "adventures" in Iraq knowing she served our country and did what she needed to do. A terrifying time indeed but she gave us insight into that war and our military's endurance and dedication.

I'm so glad I read this book. Cheryl is from my home town area, grew up in my church in PA----a home town girl "done proud". Thank you for sharing your story of inspiration and struggles. It was an amazing read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By HM2 (FMF/CAC) on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was not impressed with this book at all. As a hospital corpsman who has served in Iraq I couldn't help but laugh at the complaints of CDR Ruff. We all endured the same situations in Iraq and unfortunately some of us had to be deployed for a lot longer then 122 days. I picked up the book excited to read about someone elses perspective on the war, I was very disappointed to read only about how miserable one person was on her very brief deployment. Iraq is what you make of it, and complaining only makes it worse. Don't get me wrong I have great respect for the patient care but thats where my apprectiation for this book ends.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on November 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We are now beginning to see the first person reports of people coming back from serving in Iraq. It's only when you start to get the books that you can begin to make sense out of what's happening. The newspapers and especially the television reports are so brief, so headline oriented that you can't get the real story. And it will be ten or more years before the history books come out to put the whole story of the war into perspective.

Cdr. Ruff's story is one of a Navy nurse operating in close support to the Marines during the invasion of Iraq. She served with the 'Devil Docs' made famous by the embedded reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta an embedded correspondent from CNN. This unit performed numerous surgeries under trying conditions on Marines, Iraqi prisoners of war, and Iraqi civilians. Cdr. Ruff was with the unit during the most crucial times during the war.

Her story is filled with factual notes, and more important gives the overall feelsings of an American serving in Iraq.

Good Reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Lindelof on July 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a very personal and heart-felt account of one Navy Nurse's experiences with the fast moving situations during the initial phase of the Iraq incursion. Cheryl's willingness to share her professional and personal story is a welcome addition to the history made daily by Navy Nurse Corps officers and corpsmen who go 'In Harms Way' to assist the Marines and other personnel in need of excellence in patient care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juel A. Loughney on April 23, 2006
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Cheryl Ruff's life prior to joining the Navy and her Navy Nurse Corps career serve as the background to her exerience as a CRNA with the Marines during the invasion of Iraq. This account provides a detailed, vivid, personal account with a balance between facts and feelings which allows the reader to easily place themselves in the situation, the litmus test for any author! As a retired Navy nurse and experienced author, I would say to those who would critize this account as being contradictory to their experience, "muster up the courage and time to write your own personal wartime experience". We need more personal accounts of wartime, not cheap shots at those who have stepped up to the plate!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janice Reiff on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to Cmdr Ruff and Roper for taking the risk to share such personal insights into the war in Iraq! I watched both of them recently during a presentation on CSPAN, and I was further impressed with their candor and passion. The book flows with vivid descriptions and raw emotions --- well worth the time it takes to read it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilson on February 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was awesome! As a future Navy nurse myself, I found that I was feeling each moment as she wrote about it. I felt her desire to go home every day, and at the end, I felt her passion for what she did, how proud she was, and how every moment was worth it. It was inspirational, and eye opening. Cdr Roper did an excellent job in relaying Crd Ruff's story. I highly recommend this book.
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