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Letters from Abu Ghraib Paperback – July 1, 2008
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What Joshua Casteel interrogates in Letters from Abu Ghraib is the very idea of liberty. For every enduring work of literature is an epistle from the prison of silence to the possibility of freedom. --From the foreword by Christopher Merrill
An astounding insider's look at the war in Iraq. Joshua Casteel is an astute observer, a superb writer and a man of deeply held moral and religious conviction. Letters from Abu Ghraib gives us entry into his personal journey from dedicated soldier and interrogator to determined conscientious objector. --Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre Artistic Director and Resident Playwright
Letters from Abu Ghraib shows us that good and evil are not absolutes, but rather points along the spectrum of decisions that we, as individuals and participants in institutions, all must face. --Kelly Dougherty, Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War
About the Author
Joshua Casteel is 27 years old and currently a dual-MFA candidate at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. Since his discharge from Active Duty May 30th 2005 as a Conscientious Objector, Joshua has been invited to speak at over 50 venues worldwide, including the UK, Sweden, South Korea, as well as two national tours of Ireland.
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The only complaint I have about the book is that we don't always know who Casteel's emailing--who are "jflo" and "bex"?
Four stars instead of five because I don't yet know if this will be a classic, but a fast, riveting read. Highly recommended.
this should definitely be in the religious section, because it doesn't really go into anything about Iraq. also, it shouldn't really be called a book, i've written term papers that are longer.
This extremely short diatribe contains virtually no information on the workings of Abu Ghraib, or even the daily experiences of life in a combat-zone. It's basically just some e-mails complaining that he doesn't like his job, without really going into the specific details of what his job required.
For those interested in what life was like for both the soldiers and detainees at Abu Ghraib, as well as thoughtful commentary on the overall conditions of Iraq, I highly recommend "Torture Central: E-mails From Abu Ghraib" instead.