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Posted December 6, 2011
Hearts and Minds
Reading this book will help you understand what life in Iraq is like if you don't live in the Green Zone.Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges interviewed 50 Iraqi war veterans to understand how the ongoing occupation affects Iraqi civilians. The chapters are organized around different types of military operation such as convoys, checkpoints, detentions, raids etc. The eyewitness narratives effectively convey the tactical realities of conducting war in Iraq, and the effect that the horrific situations have on the mostly young troops. One example given is that convoys are under orders never to stop (for fear of I.E.D.'s being detonated) even if children are playing on the roads.The harsh realities described make the reader examine whether the personal suffering is justified by the larger strategic objectives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2009
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Tangible feel for the war, our soldiers and the Iraqi people
I have always been frustrated by the lack of attention to the Iraqi people in arguments for or against the war. This book tells part of the story of the impact the American invasion and occupation has had on the population. <BR/>Brief and readable, Collateral Damage can be finished in one sitting, but I found breaking it up a bit helpful to absorb the impact. It is highly organized and well documented. <BR/>Collateral Damage takes a close, hard look at some of the realities on the ground in Iraq. The testimonies and stories elucidate the moral distortions of war, and how even people with good intentions can be drawn to horrible decisions. It also details the un-American strategies of the Bush administration, including blatant disregard for long term diplomatic consequences for using such barbaric methods.<BR/>I judge myself to be much more informed ¿on a feelings level¿ about the war for having read this important book. While certainly challenging and requiring a stomach for some trauma, it is not simply morbid. It is a book every American should read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2008
I love chris's books and the intreview was powerfull as is every interview i have ever seen from mr. Hedges. Check out some of his speaches on you tube to get a glimpse of a man who knows what he is talking about, and has the moral courage to tell the truth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.