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Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan Hardcover – September 1, 2006

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In the tradition of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors -- from the deckplates and firing lines, the command center and the Admiral's bridge, these letters summon us to honor the commitment, bravery and sacrifice that our military men and women are giving us today. A commendation to Admiral Platt for this timely and important book. --Hon. Steven S. Honigman, former General Counsel of the Navy

About the Author

Admiral Platt capped a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy with his appointment during the Reagan administration to serve as the country's first Competition Advocate General (the Navy's top businessman in uniform). Admiral Platt was recently named to the Cold War Leadership Hall of Fame by the Submarine Force Museum Association. He is a highly decoratd Vietnam veteran. Chairman of Harbor Wing Technologies Inc, producers of unmanned open ocean surveillance and research vessels, Admiral Platt also serves on the corporate board of DRS Technologies Inc. He is the chairman of the Historic Ships Foundation in San Francisco, and a Presidential Appointee to the Board of Governers of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Admiral Platt holds a MS (Operations Analysis) from the Simon Graduate School of Business, as well as a BS degree from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is the published author of two books and numerous Op-Ed and scholarly works. He is a former Wall Street Journal Scholar and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Granville Island (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894694481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894694483
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,654,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Letters from the Front Lines is a compilation of war letters, e-mails, and blogs from soldiers, sailors, marines, and even one civilian mom. Although there are other letter-type books, this one is valuable because each chapter is comprised of one person's letters, e-mails, or blogs from one person's perspective of the war and the events that play out in a combat zone. The book is neither pro nor anti-war; it's simply what it is.

In fairness, I should say that my e-mails make up Chapter 3. I won't review my own chapter and as far as I know, none of the contributors will receive any financial returns from the book. Yes, I do hold a bias; however, I wanted to share my thoughts on the impact of the other contributors and the book as a whole.

Letters from the Front Lines is a valuable read for anybody trying to understand war from the perspective of those who fight it. Letters come from low-ranking enlisted and high-ranking brass alike. E-mails and blogs start early in the "war on terror" and span well past the first Iraq election. Some letters cover detailed political thoughts while others talk about the food and dust storms. Many letters carry a hint of missing life back home, but all understand the importance of service and duty. Not every author is for the war and not everybody is against it. These un-edited letters share the raw emotion found in war, even if they don't share the war itself.

Many different perspectives are shared. Brian Baldrate writes about the same time I was there. He had little hesitation sharing things that may have scared his family back home. I, on the other hand, found it far easier to write about non-war items to let my family know I was safe but not frighten them at the same time.
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Rear Admiral Stuart Franklin Platt presents Letters From The Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan, a compendium of first-person testimonies of servicepeople that gives an up-close and personal perspective of what is really happening in Iraq and Afghanistan day to day. In a modern era where email and online blogging is fast supplanting the serviceman's handwritten letter, Letters From The Front Lines preserves a piece of history and tradition even as it reveals the harsh conditions under which men and women risk their lives for the sake of their country. Highly recommended.
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The truth never changes. A masterpiece from a true patriot Admiral Stuart Platt with lessons for all Americans. It is worthy to read about what our young men and women have done in the war zones. I suggest you digest this versus early press reports Jim Katzaroff Kennewick Washington
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