From Publishers Weekly
Over the last year, Moore invited soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their friends and family members, to send him letters. He received "thousands" of responses, mostly via his Web site, and this book presents a sampling of those transmissions. Some are short notes thanking Moore for Fahrenheit 9/11 and ranting against Republicans, but the vast majority are personal stories written with passion and an obvious mixture of emotionsanger at the Bush administration ("I signed a contract with the government to serve in our military, and proudly, but I never thought that our military would be used in such a self-serving, crooked, and disgraceful way"), remorse ("It didnt hit me until I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 that I was driving the ship that was sending planes to kill people"), fear ("I am wondering if this is the last Christmas I will spend with my son") and sorrow ("Chris, the dead young man, was a former student of mine. This incredibly stupid war now has a face and a name, and I find I cant quit crying"). A recurring story is that of the naïve teenager who signed up "looking for some extra pocket money and a way to college" and who is now jaded, angry and searching for a way out. In his introduction, Moore writes, "What makes these comments unique and so intense is the fact that they are not the words of the Left or the rhetoric of the antiwar movementthey are the war movement." Its clear, however, that many of the contributors are Left-leaning or firmly in the Democrats camp. Not a word of dissension (and its safe to assume the Moore has received letters from those who dont agree with him) is included here. Nevertheless, this collection packs the emotional punch of a SCUD missile and will open readers eyes to the fact that its not just the country thats divided; the soldiers fighting overseas are, too.
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About the Author
Author of international bestsellers Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country, Michael Moore broke all box office records for his documentgary Fahrenheit 9-11 which won the 2004 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
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