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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316067911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every American needs to read this."—General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret), former commander of U.S. Central Command

"One of the most amazing books I have ever read..."—Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, USA (Ret), author of On Killing and On Combat

"A necessary but uncomfortable book for anyone wishing to understand."—Jay Freeman, Booklist

"The welcome mat for memoirs by veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom might never wear out so long as they write with the sincerity of Squier Kraft...(who) wins respect with genuine empathy."—J. Ford Huffman, Military Times

About the Author

Heidi Squier Kraft received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1996. After several years as a flight psychologist with the US Navy, she gave birth to twins in 2002. In February 2004, she deployed to Iraq for seven months. She left active duty in March 2005 after nine years in the Navy, and is now Deputy Program Coordinator, US Navy Combat Stress Control. She lives in San Diego with her husband and kids.

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Heidi Squier Kraft received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 1996. She joined the Navy during her internship at Duke University Medical Center, serving as both a flight and clinical psychologist. Her active duty assignments included the Naval Safety Center, the Naval Health Research Center, and Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL.

While on flight status, she flew in nearly every aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory, including over 100 hours in the F/A-18 Hornet, primarily with Marine Corps squadrons. In February 2004, she deployed to western Iraq for seven months with a Marine Corps surgical company, when her boy and girl twins were fifteen months old. RULE NUMBER TWO is a memoir of that experience.

She left active duty in 2005 after nine years in the Navy, and now serves as a consultant for the US Navy and Marine Corps' Combat Stress Control programs. She treats active duty patients who suffer from PTSD, and provides invited talks on combat stress, stigma and caring for the caregiver, for 50-60 audiences per year. She lives in San Diego with her husband Mike, a former Marine Corps Harrier pilot, and twins Brian and Megan, who have no memory of their mother's time in Iraq.

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As I read this book there was a portion of each chapter where I found myself saying "spot on" as I recognized my own reactions in her words.
Nurse Scott
Thank you for your service Ms. Kraft, both to the military you served and to your readership.
Michael H. Wellins

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nurse Scott on January 30, 2013
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I have been deployed overseas 5 times as a nurse in the Reserves and this book was recommended to me by someone who has no military experience - she said that it helped her to understand what veterans deal with when they returned home from Iraq and/or Afghanistan. As I read this book there was a portion of each chapter where I found myself saying "spot on" as I recognized my own reactions in her words. It's a great book for military medical people to read to help understand that you are not the only person that has trouble adjusting when you get home, and it's also a great book for those with no military or deployment experience to understand our adjustment difficulties we may experience when we get home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Wellins on January 6, 2014
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I was a police psychotherapist for over thirty five years, and treated many victims of violence and war in my career. In reading this book , much of my experience came back to me. Ms. Kraft reminds us that evil and violence touches us all, and that when we send men and women in harms way it is at great personal cost. It has been said that no one hates war more then soldiers but they haven't asked the families and care takers the cost they bear. Thank you for your service Ms. Kraft, both to the military you served and to your readership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Fournier on February 15, 2013
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Well written and memorable, "Rule Number Two" brings a whole different look to today's wars. The vignettes within this true story are inspiring, devastating and uplifting - sometimes all at the same time. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand why we fight, what the costs are, and how we should think about our soldiers.
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By June Z. on June 11, 2014
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I can't say I loved the book but it was very realistic and I have recommended it to several people. As a military wife and mother I could empathize with a lot of the emotions express by Heidi. I wish her the best.
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By Mark Gillman on November 23, 2013
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If you have been in that hell, then this is what you need to start to heal. So read it and start your healing.
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By Catherine Nihart on October 2, 2013
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... for NCOs and officers heading into combat zones. So glad the Marines have people like Heidi and her team. Semper fi.
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