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Surviving Iraq: Soldiers' Stories Paperback – October 11, 2007


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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Pr (October 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566566932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566566933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This fascinating collection of testimonies underscores the universality of all war. This is a `bottom-up' celebration of the trials and terrors of so-called ordinary soldiers brought to that most terrible and transcendent of all moments--combat. What emerges is a shocking, moving, and utterly heroic portrait of young men and women in impossible situations." -- Ken Burns, filmmaker

Surviving Iraq a valuable, indeed, indispensable addition to the literature on the war, especially because it bypasses pretentious analysis and gives us the voices of the soldiers themselves. -- --Howard Zinn

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Elise Forbes Tripp is a graduate of Harvard, and has a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A former international relations counselor for UN affairs at the World Bank, she is an adjunct professor of American history at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Pappenheimer on January 23, 2008
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This anthology provides a needed perspective to the war in Iraq. The narratives in this book are not from the people who planned the war but from those who have been asked to risk their lives and mental well being to carry it out.

Author Elise Tripp keeps her personal views of the war to herself leaving the soldiers free to tell their tales and vent their opinions. Her light editing approach does mean, the stories spill out sometimes chaotically and at their own pace--but themes and patterns do emerge.

The narratives of the young soldiers often start out with eagerness to participate in the adventure of war, followed by growing disillusionment as the reality of war sinks in. The high-pressure tactics of recruiters in all too many cases leads to disappointments and feelings of betrayal. The order to keep driving even if a child jumps in front of a convoy, crops up in a surprising number of the narratives. It is one of the wrenching moral adjustments demanded of human beings for whom saving a life, is more instinctive than taking one.

I was surprised to find so little bitterness in these narratives by men and women who have hazarded and experienced so much for a country that has shared so little of their sacrifice; nor do they spend much time carping against a leadership that so obviously underestimated the complexities of occupying Iraq after the initial invasion.

This is not a political book, but you do not have read very far to sense how much we are failing our returning soldiers. In almost every narrative the soldiers experience discomfort returning to the U.S.--to a population largely uncomprehending of what they have been through.

Sergeant Scott E.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Gleason on January 20, 2008
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"Surviving Irag: Soldier's Stories", is a really valuable read for anyone wanting to know more about the Iraq War from the soldier's point of view--or, more accurately, from soldiers' points of view, since thirty veterans have been interviewed for this book. These vivid narratives, skillfully edited by Elise Forbes Tripp to give an overview of key aspects of the veterans' experiences, provides much deeper understanding than even in-depth TV news coverage is able (for instance, ABC's fine documentary about the effects and treatment of severe brain injuries, focused on those sustained by ABC anchor Bob Woodward). The individuality of these veterans' experiences and the profound effects on their lives is one of the lasting impressions I've taken from this book. The reader comes away with new compassion and understanding of the ordeals and challenges these young men and women have undergone, appreciation of their bravery, and a small hope that some will contribute to the political changes needed to end this terrible period in our history.
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By Amazon Customer on November 24, 2012
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I received it quickly. However, I was told it was an OKAY book. So now I am sad about spending money on a gift that wasn't worth anything.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Military vet on April 19, 2008
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The author's bias is obvious, for a clear example see the comment posted below about page 22. I rated it one star, only because this is the minimum allowed.
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