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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Not good at all

    This is nothing but a long series of questions and answers There is no writing skill

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    The Truth About War...

    Chis Hedge doesn't seem to take sides, but he does ask some amazing questions. In his book "What Every Peron Should Know About War.", his questions raise eyebrows, state clear facts, and even touch on the humanity in war.

    When people talk about war now days -especially after the Bush administration- they can't seem to not be biased. Either they seem to either love or hate war. They hate war and therefore sneakily hate Bush or they love Bush OR they like his politics but hate him..war doesn't have to do with Bush. He gives facts without seeming to promote war or bash it. This makes this book a good source for any person to read regardless of political ideas because it simply gives facts.
    Hedge's also delves into both sides of war, the emotional and physical, with a broad range of questions. He is very good at asking a physical and factual questions like question Like "What is war?", "What are the most common forms of torture" and What will it be like to be shot? and turning it into an all-encompassing answer.

    Emotional side of things "What will it be like to see my spouse again? (ch. , and Will I develop a friendship with my captors?" (ch. Imprisonment, Torture, and Rape), "What will the effect on my family be if I develop PTSD?"(ch. After the War)

    Surprising but interesting questions peppered though out like "Will I visit prostitutes?" (ch. 3 Life in War), "Should men try to protect their genitals in combat?" (ch. Weapons and Wounds), and "Will I have trouble having sex with my spouse?" (ch After the War)

    It answers every question imaginable it a factual and accurate way. Hedge's shows how war is but also how it affects humans both serving in and outside of the war. Put in a very easy format to read. A good read for those that have interest in war, humanity, or just learning something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    A must-read for every American

    What Every Person Should Know About War by Chris Hedges is a very informative book that should be read by every teenage and adult American. Mr. Hedges is a journalist and author who has reported from wars in Bosnia and Kosovo as well as the Persian Gulf. His reporting comes from first-hand experience. He takes the reader through enlistment, war and post-war experiences. Mr. Hedges answers questions such as, 'What is war?', 'What will make me fire?', and 'How will I feel when I hear war discussed?' This book is a must-read whether you are entering the military, have a loved one in the military or are just a concerned American. I was assigned this book for a World Civilizations class and hesitated reading it. However, it has made me a more informed American. Are you between the ages of 16-216 and an American? Then this book is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    A look at What Every Person Should Know About War

    While reading this book, I was truly shocked and fascinated at all the things that Hedges was telling us. One can only watch so much television and read magazines about the Middle East, and areas of the like. It was bound to happen that someone would actually tell us the truth about what happens during war. Who would have thought that could be so much said about what happens to you when you are captured. Chris Hedges, who is currently a senior fellow at The National Institute. Hedges spent nearly two years as a foreign correspondent in areas such as Africa and the Middle East. For the book What Every Person Should Know About War, Hedges collaborated with several combat war veterans. This is what makes this book so interesting. By joining forces with them it gives the book more authenticity. It is not just someone writing a book about war, it is someone writing a book about war with information from someone who was actually there. I would recommend this book for high school and college students. It is a great book to use for in-depth discussions. It gives high school students a chance to see how life in the military really is. Since a lot of high school students go into the military after graduation, it would be a good time for them to see if this is really what they want to do. For college students, it¿s a chance for them to explore all the aspects of war. Assignments may be attached to reading this book, such as researching what countries had wars and when. There are some uncomfortable moments in the book. There is a whole chapter entitled, ¿Imprisonment, Torture, and Rape.¿ It goes into details about what would happen if you were captured. While it may be uncomfortable and/or controversial, it does provide ¿tips¿ or ¿insights¿ on what could possibly happen. Also, there is a chapter about dying. Obviously, dying is a hard topic to talk about. But it seems to give some comfort on the subject. Later on in the chapter it addresses what will happen to your body, how your family will be notified and what your funeral will be like. It is true that every person should read this. There are many interesting facts that not everybody knows. Some people try to turn away from all the war stories in the news, when in fact we should try to understand it more. These men and women put their lives on the line every single day for us. The least we could do is try to understand why things are the way they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Americans should read this...

    'What Every Person Should Know About War' is an excellent read that really makes one think. It was a book I was assigned in my history class in college and I was quite reluctant to read it. I automatically figured that it was just another book that me and my class would have to write on. I had no idea the book would be the easy read that it was and provide insight to questions I have had for years. The book takes you through different aspects of war and the most popular questions proposed on that topic. Topics range from enlistment to dying. Questions range from, 'What will it feel like to be shot,' to 'Will I want to go home after the war?' The author, Chris Hedges, provides great questions and answers in this book and has credibility as one that knows something about war from his first book entitled 'War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning'. Great chapters that answer questions that everyone is curious about. Overall, this book is a great read for a person of any age, however, I suggest it to the war enthusiast or one that is college-aged. This book sparked my interest and it was very intriguing. I remember interrupting my roommate every once in awhile to tell him an interesting facet about the book. A great book that every American needs to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Very Informative and Thorough

    I think this is great! This book answers many questions about what war is like and the challenges, fears and doubts anyone threatened with possibility being in the middle of one might face.

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