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The Longest War [Kindle Edition]

John Holmes , Kyle Torke , M. Stefan Strozier
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Book Description

Stories from the Battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, told by those who lived it.Every war has a voice. Everyone in a war has a story. These are their voices, these are their stories. This book is a collection of 45 stories told by the men and women who have lived through the war. Some are soldiers, some are civilians. All have been affected in one way or another, for better or worse. These tales will bring you to the front line in Americas’ longest war. Each is written by the person who lived it, with little editing. Their stories, their voices. 40 different persons contributed to this book. Some are soldiers, ranging from Privates to Sergeants to Officers. Some are civilians who have been caught up in the war. The editor, Sergeant First Class John Holmes, is himself a 20 year soldier and an Iraq War Veteran.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2551 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: World Audience Publishers (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079XA0LK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read February 16, 2012
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As I read this book, I found myself laughing out loud with tears rolling down my face, then crying for real, then back to laughing ... The grammar and spelling could have used another pass, but it feels like a bunch of my buddies got together and started swapping "no s(kidding)t, there I was" stories.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read February 18, 2012
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We all are subjects to the filtered view of the war through both the lense of Hollywood and Media. If you ever wanted to get an unfiltered snapshot of what our men and women endured, this is your ticket. Yes, the grammar isn't that of a Harvard Brit Lit grad student; who cares? You aren't reading an article in Modernism and Modernity- you're reading a heartfelt perspective from an American who chose to serve a cause greater than him/herself. These stories make the dust, sweat and tears palpable and bring you closer to the war than which you've ever been. These kids interweave their emotions and sacrifices into each tale. Step away from your understanding of the war and step into this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. Very relatable. February 17, 2012
By Jason
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I've always had a problems sharing my stories from Iraq with my family and friends(mainly because they just simply weren't there to experience it). But this book gives me something I can relate to, feels good to know that there are other people that feel the same way as I do, and have seen the same things I have. Very good read. I enjoy the fact that there ARE minor grammatical errors and punctuation mistakes, its a tell-tale sign that these stories are LEGIT. There wasn't an editor who "juiced" up the stories to make them more "Holly Wood friendly", these stories are told the way they happened. The truth. Will recommend to every one of my fellow soldiers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching February 17, 2012
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This book is powerful, emotional and entertaining. The stories are raw and true to life because of the approach taken by Holmes. The contributing authors wrote their stories from the heart and the lack of intervention by the editor adds to the often gritty substance. Some of the entries appear to have been written by kids fresh out of high school while others could have been written by award winning authors. This only serves to add to the real, heartfelt storytelling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just read it February 18, 2012
By Emily
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Just bought it last night, and even between my 2 1/2yo and 15mo I still can hardly put it down. Already I've laughed and cringed simultaneously, cried for my fallen brothers in arms, forced myself to keep reading even though my husband's over there now, and prayed for a crapton of people I'll never meet. The editing is pretty rough in some stories, but it makes them more authentic and I obviously care so much that I can't put it down and wish I could buy Kindle copies for a dozen friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! February 18, 2012
By Armeni
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Excellent book; anyone who has ever deployed will be able to relate to at least one of the stories.

The stories themselves alternate in intensity which gives the reader a bit of a breather. I think doing that was well conceived and something that while important for any reader, is especially so for the veterans themselves who can probably relate too many of the stories.

As I said, excellent read. I encourage folks to read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this! February 17, 2012
By Tallguy
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Great collection of real life soldier's stories, gives a good all around multi-perspective view of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brought back many memories and made me realize there are many people who had similar reactions to things as I did. If you are a soldier I am sure you will connect with at least one of these stories and probably more. If you are a civilian you this will give you a good look into the experiences that shaped many soldiers and contributed to how they are today.
Currently only 1/3 of the way through the book, plan on finishing in the next 24 hours.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 18, 2012
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This is above and beyond one of the best collection of stories from the war thus far. I highly suggest it to anyone that is considering buying it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this maybe the best book in the world
I must confess, I was a little skeptical about reading this book. Then I told myself, "Self, this maybe the best book in the world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Justin Gravett
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff.
Raw and emotional accounts of modern war from soldiers' eyes. Good stuff.
Published 2 months ago by Dallas Powell
1.0 out of 5 stars This guy is a Liar and a Fraud
"Everyone in a war has a Story... These are their stories..." Ummm... REALLY? How many stories of Iraqi VICTIMS are in this piece of Propagandist TRASH? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary M. Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Testament to the Realities of War!!
What many readers don't seem to realize about this book is that it was written by those who have been there!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jon M. Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
It was nice to hear that most soldiers are going through or have gone through the same exact things that I've gone through and that no as t units have the same issues. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jim ward
1.0 out of 5 stars DidyouDonate TO FRAUD?
John Holmes is a liar and a fake. Not only did he not Donate to the WWP after lying to us and saying he did but he didnʻt pay any of the authors. Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by Ishmael John
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
As a Veteran of OIF 07-09 I was looking forward to reading this book. It did not dissapoint. If you have deployed you will appreciate the humor, the tears, triumph and heartache of... Read more
Published on December 19, 2012 by jpstr00
1.0 out of 5 stars Fraud
The author didn't donate any money to the WWP, didn't pay any of the authors, and is being investigated for fraud. Read more
Published on December 18, 2012 by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
The stories shared from these troops make you smile, think, and want to thank them all personally. This is a MUSTREAD book!
Published on December 8, 2012 by patrick waltz
1.0 out of 5 stars Crappiest read ever
I have seen better books written by preschool kids. Most of the stories are made up or tweaked and he has not paid most of the contributors. Read more
Published on December 5, 2012 by michelle lotz lynch
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