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Most of us had formed an opinion of our military's few 'bad apples' based on media coverage. This writer's research reveals new information about the conditions inside the Iraqi War and specifically about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. This book sheds light on Ms. England's early life and how she ends up in Iraq. But, how on earth can this shy homey girl evolve into something indescribable? It's good to read what is likely the only factual accounting of this scandal. The family photos added to the drama. It may or may not change your opinion. My hat's off to the writer for his perseverance.
Honestly, years ago, one of the last things I wanted to do was read about the "face" of the Abu Ghraib scandal. The media, after all, had sufficiently done its typical over-the-top saturation coverage of the issue and I felt I really didn't need any more information on the topic. Compounding my initial sentiment was the disgust I felt over the mere possibility that a few irresponsible idiots and a camera may have augmented an already incendiary situation in Iraq that resulted in unnecessary American deaths. However, now that several years have passed and the "dust" has somewhat "settled" since the Abu Ghraib scandal was first covered, I was more receptive to read about one the scandal's major players ... the "leash girl" herself, Lynndie England.
I picked up Gary Winkler's book, "Tortured" in an effort to learn more about the rationale, if not the excuses, of the soldier that became synonymous with Abu Ghraib. The media's angle in reporting the issue seemed more politically motivated than honest overview of events. Although Winkler does provide an introspective look at the life of Lynndie England, the book left me with mixed feelings, the most prominent is that England is portrayed as a victim at almost every step of her life. Additionally, there are two points the reader may want to know beforehand: First, the book is the only "authorized biography of Lynndie England" and second, the author is known for his works on West Virginian culture (Lynndie England is from West Virginia). I felt these two points factored in dictating the tone of the book.
"Tortured" teases the reader by starting with England being detained by the military in Iraq for undisclosed reasons before taking us back to the very beginning, England's childhood in West Virginia.Read more ›
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Nice effort by the author to present this subject, though dated it may be. The book is well-researched and written, and I found it to be an enlightening read, reinforcing my thoughts that there are no excuses for the conduct of the soldiers involved in these abuses.
I just cannot say more! In 2004-2205, this poor girl and her buds did things that lead to the deaths of American Soldiers and countless Iraqis. I really feel sorry for her now after reading this. She was let down. After all, one needs to have good leadership to know that mistreating human beings is completely wrong. Then again, I suppose when you have an IQ that prevents you from effectively making oatmeal in the morning, you need it. Boy, if only there was some moral guiding force to have prevented this! This is a GREAT BIO! I cannot wait for England's sequel already in the works! Look for it this fall, "Trailer Parks, Fry Cookin' and the Quest for More Money!" Also, check out Calley's bio, "My Massacre...Is butchery all that wrong?"
Gary Winkler does a more than excellent and objective job writing about Lynndie England and her life--before and after her experience at Abu Ghraib. I would recommend everyone read this book and form your own opinions about Lynndie and what happened from her viewpoint at Abu Ghraib. After viewing an interview with the BBC August 13 this past week, it is obvious that Lynndie continues to be manipulated by those who do not have best interests at heart. Read the book and give her a chance. Maybe she will escape the need to be manipulated by other people eventually. She's still young and there's hope.
There are two sides to every story. This book gives you the chance to examine another side. The book provided too many circumstances for it not to be true. I recommend anyone to read with an open mind. It is a very good book, well written and I highly recommend.
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