- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312602960
- ISBN-13: 978-0312602963
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Soft Spots: A Marine's Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Paperback – March 16, 2010
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“Nothing gets held back in Soft Spots, Clint Van Winkle's account of his two years of duty as a Marine sergeant in Iraq...lacerating honesty, the narrative is dreamlike and surreal.” ―The Washington Post
“Van Winkle doesn't attempt to analyze the wrongs or rights of the Iraq war, engage in political arguments, or blame politicians. He saves his energies for willing his fellow Marines to come home from Iraq alive and in one piece.” ―Washington City Paper
“[Van Winkle's] book describes his spiral from the inanity of war to the insanity of the world-weary...Happy trails? No. Trauma? Yes, this is how one veteran carries his war.” ―Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times
“'Soft Spots' is a survival story, not just of combat but the mental warfare that follows, the oppressive nightmares that flesh is heir to, but mostly, it's a restoration of what's human, an unflinching stab at forgiveness, desperately in search of a meaning. Van Winkle, who spent much of his childhood in Charleston, now gives voice to the thousands of forgotten soldiers returning home from Iraq, or those whose souls are still stuck there. He gives us his poor haunted head, only mapped out and numbered, and the effect will make you weep.” ―postandcourier.com
About the Author
CLINT VAN WINKLE served for eight years in the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of sergeant. While in Iraq he served as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle section leader, attached to Lima Company 3rd BN 1st Marines, and commanded eighteen other Marines. After two tours of duty, he returned to earn a BA in English from Arizona State University, then a MA in Creative Writing and Media from the University of Wales-Swansea, and began to publish pieces of Soft Spots in literary magazines. He lives with his wife in Chesapeake, Virginia.