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Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI Hardcover – April 21, 2009
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A tough but powerful look at one man’s experience. (School Library Journal (starred review))
Smithson avoids writing either prowar propaganda or an antimilitary polemic, providing instead a fascinating, often humorous-and occasionally devastating-account of the motivations and life of a contemporary soldier. (Publishers Weekly)
Unflinchingly honest. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Top Customer Reviews
Not only was I surprised by my reaction to Ghosts of War, I was also surpised by the writing, for Smithson is a really good writer! If I'm able to finish them at all, war memoirs generally leave me feeling bogged down and confused as a reader, but Ryan Smithson writes about war and its operation so as to make it truly interesting and understandable. His writing is also honest - emotionally honest - and more than one chapter brought on those slowly-trickling-down-the-cheeks readers' tears.
It appears that HarperCollins is marketing this as a Young Adult book. While it is certainly a title I will recommend with enthusiasm to my school's teen readers, (grades nine and up) it's also something that I hope adults will pick up, too. As an avid reader and a librarian, I consider this among the best books of the year!
Bravo Ryan Smithson!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to learn why a 19 year old would join the Military right out of high school. I was not disappointed, very informative and I feel very honestly written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kag
Thank you, Ryan. I will apologize in advance as I'm sure my words will fall far short of my intentions to communicate how your book affected me personally. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Jensen
Such a powerful, well written story. I couldn't put it down once I started. Reading this made me even more thankful to all the men and women who serve and have served our... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nikki Dominikoski
A great book. As a Department of Army civilian who spent 6 months in Iraq in 2003, I can relate to his frustration of sharing the good news stories of the combat engineers who... Read morePublished 4 months ago by quilting with cats
This book made me break two of my cardinal rules. 1) never stop reading a book before you finish it 2) never review a book before you've finished it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jenn Hermanson
I had a hard time putting the book down. I find a lot of nonfiction books to be boring to the point that I would fall asleep while reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Fox