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Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A powerful tale of the reality of war

We are all very distracted on a daily basis, and often forget that on the other side of the world there are men and women serving our country 24 hours a day. Yes, occasionally the media will remind us with a brief report counting the KIAs for that particular day, week,...
We are all very distracted on a daily basis, and often forget that on the other side of the world there are men and women serving our country 24 hours a day. Yes, occasionally the media will remind us with a brief report counting the KIAs for that particular day, week, or month. Or perhaps we will hear about a request for more troops, or the kidnapping of a journalist. However, few stories capture the essence of the soldier's actual experience. Few stories depict the soldiers struggle, the soldiers sacrifice, or even just the lifestyle of committing several months of an individual's life to the deserts of Iraq or Afghanistan.

Mass Casualties is one soldier's eyewitness account. When most of us think about war we envision fire fights and American Heroes like John Wayne or GI Joe. We don't think about what these men do after the mission. Where do they sleep? How do they sleep? How could they sleep? Do they wish they were home? These questions and more are addressed in Mass Casualties.

Many war books are either focused on historical facts, or splattered with military Jargon isolating the non-military audience. Mass Casualties however makes the experience accessible to any reader. Veterans of all wars will be able to relate to the material, and those who have no prior knowledge of the armed forces can just as easily dive in without a list of terminologies.

What is most interesting about this memoir is the fact that Michael Anthony was an Army Medic. Most men go to war to take lives, but there are also some who are trained to save lives. Not just save the lives of their fellow comrades, but also the innocent citizens, and sometimes even the enemy.

Mass Casualties is a book that should be on every American's reading list. I hope to see more works from author; Michael Anthony.

posted by espink on September 12, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Extremely disappointing!

When I saw the title and the premise of the book ‘a young medics true story of death, deception and dishonor in Iraq’ I was very interested to read Mass Casualties but I found it to be a continual SOAP opera primarily filled with him whining and speaking poorly about hi...
When I saw the title and the premise of the book ‘a young medics true story of death, deception and dishonor in Iraq’ I was very interested to read Mass Casualties but I found it to be a continual SOAP opera primarily filled with him whining and speaking poorly about his co-workers. I hung in there until the end giving the benefit of the doubt, which is more than he gives anyone else but I wished I had stopped after the first couple of pages. Thankfully I got the book for $1.00 but paid almost $5.00 in shipping fees, which is $6.00 too much. I look forward to donating this to local Salvation Army at the beginning of the month.

posted by M-Author on July 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Extremely disappointing!

    When I saw the title and the premise of the book ‘a young medics true story of death, deception and dishonor in Iraq’ I was very interested to read Mass Casualties but I found it to be a continual SOAP opera primarily filled with him whining and speaking poorly about his co-workers. I hung in there until the end giving the benefit of the doubt, which is more than he gives anyone else but I wished I had stopped after the first couple of pages. Thankfully I got the book for $1.00 but paid almost $5.00 in shipping fees, which is $6.00 too much. I look forward to donating this to local Salvation Army at the beginning of the month.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Not sure...

    I just want to know why he is holding a paintball gun on the cover?

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    Posted July 29, 2012

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