Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib

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This is the story of Abu Ghraib that you haven't heard, told by the soldier sent by the Army to restore order and ensure that the abuses that took place there never happen again.


In April 2004, the world was shocked by the brutal pictures of beatings, dog attacks, sex acts, and the torture of prisoners held at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. As the story broke, and the world began to learn about the extent of the ...

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Overview

This is the story of Abu Ghraib that you haven't heard, told by the soldier sent by the Army to restore order and ensure that the abuses that took place there never happen again.


In April 2004, the world was shocked by the brutal pictures of beatings, dog attacks, sex acts, and the torture of prisoners held at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. As the story broke, and the world began to learn about the extent of the horrors that occurred there, the U.S. Army dispatched Colonel Larry James to Abu Ghraib with an overwhelming assignment: to dissect this catastrophe, fix it, and prevent it from being repeated.

A veteran of deployments to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and a nationally well-known and respected Army psychologist, Colonel James's expertise made him the one individual capable of taking on this enormous task. Through Colonel James's own experience on the ground, readers will see the tightrope military personnel must walk while fighting in the still new battlefield of the war on terror, the challenge of serving as both a doctor/healer and combatant soldier, and what can-and must-be done to ensure that interrogations are safe, moral, and effective.

At the same time, Colonel James also debunks many of the false stories and media myths surrounding the actions of American soldiers at both Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and he reveals shining examples of our men and women in uniform striving to serve with honor and integrity in the face of extreme hardship and danger.

An intense and insightful personal narrative, Fixing Hell shows us an essential perspective on Abu Ghraib that we've never seen before.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446509282
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/18/2008
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 532,088
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. Larry C. James was awarded a Bronze Star for distinguished service in Iraq. He is the Chair of the Psychology Department at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychology Association and has published four books as well as more than fifty scientific papers. Colonel James has played a major leadership role in determining the appropriate, legal, and ethical role psychologists must play in national security and intelligence collection. Now retired from the Army, he is currently Dean of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Ohio.

Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer in journalism and historical nonfiction. His most recent books are The Forgotten 500 and Sailors to the End.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Dr. Philip Zimbardo     xi
Entering Hell     1
Journey to Gitmo     7
An Infidel in Guantanamo     32
Long Flight to Hell     68
House of Strange Fathers     102
Choosing a Path     118
I'm in a Zoo     138
Is This the Day?     165
This Is My Dog     180
Fighting the Terrorist Mind     195
I'm Broken     202
Go to the Basement     229
Facing My Critics     240
Conclusions     257
Epilogue     263
U.S. Military Prisons: A Timeline     269
Acknowledgments     277
Index     279
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  • Posted April 11, 2009

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    All American Heroes are not in the history books. Many live next door to you

    Larry James walked into GITMO as a professional, he came out the same way. His expertise took him to Iraq where the US Army. There he lead the overhaul of the prison system with leadership and humility.

    Soldiers, many of whom were teenagers just out of high school, were aided by soldiers old enough to be their grand parents in tasks no previous generation of professional medical or military had ever been tasked.

    Teenagers in Iraq, some even preteens, were pressed into service to kill all who were not ISLAMIC. They were sexually and psychologically abused into fighting anyone who was not ISLAMIC.

    In other wars America has been in, the soldiers on other side wanted to kill GI'S. In this war, they want to kill the American soldiers, the soldiers wives, the children of America, and were joyful as they committed suicide in heretofore civilian areas. As they are illiterate they are told - taught- of the harshness of the KORAN, not of its loving sides, thus producing a new sort of war and warrior.

    Leadership from the top was missing at Abu Graib, causing American soldiers with the best of intentions to be off track and off tasked. 8 of these were court-martialed and some imprisoned, yet over 2000 others did their duty with quiet dignity and professionalism. Colonel James looked for the elusive of "WHY".

    His story does not end with him leaving Iraq flying back to LAND of the BIG BX, but rather he takes you into his adjustment of a combat soldier decompressing in a more sane and social world where innocent items of PEPSI cans beside a road are not IED's but is just trash. Where a granddaughters cry in joy is no reason to forget himself and yell at her.

    Colonel James was harassed and chastised by some in the military as well as some in the 'peace movement'. A strange coalition of allies as neither appreciated his talents or his dedication. Each were wrong in their way.

    This is not a "PRO War" or "ANTI WAR" book. It's a book all Americans should read to get to know their country, their military and their terrorist opponents.

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