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Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories. Paperback – April 19, 2011
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"Nothing in Reserve is an intensely personal and relevant look at America in the early 21st century and one of the best books written about the Iraq War yet."
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There's very little of politics or pontification about the horror of war or the stupidity of military command, though those ideas certainly come through. The Iraq section, the middle two-thirds of the book, presents a very straightforward view of what life is like for a middle-aged senior NCO in a notionally non-combat role. Much of that life is "long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror", but Lewis manages to find wry humor and a great deal of genuine human compassion, both for the soldiers and some of the local inhabitants. His portrayal of the command personalities and of the level of understanding of the mission and purpose of American presence there is troubling, but basically as old as war.
As is his depiction of life after return. While we can clearly understand that Jack Lewis is feeling further and further detached from "the real world" while in Iraq, it soon becomes clear that being home in Washington is NOT bringing him closer. As might be expected, it's never quite clear whether the disintegration of his family life is a cause or an effect of his gradually loosening grip on reality.Read more ›
The stories themselves are just as good as the construction of them. Lewis flays himself open and bleeds all over the page. His honesty, humility, and vulnerability about the war, the crumbling of his marriage and his slow recovery from both is bracing and inspiring.
He's better than the vast majority of writers at getting the right details right. The stuff that people who weren't there will skitter over easily, but that people who were there will latch onto. A significant portion of the book is not set in Iraq, yet, like all soldiers, Lewis's military experience colors even the most civilian of events.
A person doesn't have to be a veteran to appreciate this book. And a person doesn't have to be a divorcee. He or she just has to be human.
I'm not necessarily a fan of books about war but I am addicted to the kind of writing that makes you feed addicted, no matter what the genre or subject. After I read Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes, I became somewhat evangelical about it, pushing it on everyone I knew. I even bothered a few innocent bystanders at bus stops and cocktail parties, which turned out okay because they all thanked me later. But just as my fervor about that began to die down, I read Nothing in Reserve (did I mention I read it three times?) and I'm dong the same thing, urging everyone I know and everyone I meet to read it. You can trust me. I was not wrong about Matterhorn and I'm not wrong about Nothing in Reserve. Life is short. Don't waste your precious time reading another mediocre book or even pretty a good one until you have read this.
I hope Jack Lewis writes more books soon because I'm ready. I would probably read a romance novel if he wrote one. Well, maybe not, but I'd give it at least 50 pages. And I don't even know where they keep those in the book store.
The boy can write.
If you are looking for a red-white-n-blue portrayal of war, you need to refine your search. If you are looking for soul-baring honesty and some of the 'truth' of combat, then buy this book. Read this book... and wonder if you could take that same journey and be able to open up the way this warrior has.
I have been reading his OP'Ed's for years and am glad he has entered the e-book realm. He is a great talent.
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Jack Lewis is a great writer. He captures the difficulty of relearning how to fit in the home environment after experiencing war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E Stewart
Their are books that can make you cry, rip your guts out, or laugh your Ass off Jack Lewis writes such books and as a bonus all in the same book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by david
An awesome read from one of the most gifted word-smiths I have ever read.Published 8 months ago by Just sayin'
His story of deployment in Iraq: 4-star.
His story of ptsd following deployment, and the dissolution of his marriage: 4-star. Depressing, but not his fault. Reality. Read more
An engrossing but easy read that walks you through the physical, psychological and philosophical landscape of Jack Lewis the soldier, husband, father and man. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gary Edgar
I was introduced to Jack Lewis' writing when I edited it for Crosscut, and I admire it then as I do now. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lisa Brunette
What a rip-off…..
I purchased Jack Lewis’s book “Nothing in Reserve: True Stories, Not War Stories” with extremely high hopes. Read more
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I hesitated to write a review. Not because of the book, but because I doubted I could find the right words to do it justice. Mr. Read more
A few times in my life, I’ve bought a book that impressed me so much that I bought a second copy, so in case I ever have sufficiently poor judgement that I actually lend the book... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lyle D. Gunderson