From Baghdad With Love: A Marine, the War and a Dog Named Lava

From Baghdad With Love: A Marine, the War and a Dog Named Lava

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by Jay Kopelman
     
 

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When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire. What they find during the U.S.–led attack on the “most dangerous city on Earth” in late 2004, however, is not an insurgent but a puppy left behind when most of the city’s residents

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When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire. What they find during the U.S.–led attack on the “most dangerous city on Earth” in late 2004, however, is not an insurgent but a puppy left behind when most of the city’s residents fled. Despite military law forbidding pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat. Thus begins the dramatic rescue of a dog named Lava—and Lava’s rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war. From hardened soldiers to wartime journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells the unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee.

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Critical acclaim for From Baghdad with Love:"A story that is both tender and thought-provoking—candidly portraying the ugly conditions in wartime Iraq, while also describing Kopelman's (and his fellow Marines') growing attachment to a scruffy stray puppy." —Amazon.com Review "Heartwarming." —USA Today "Not just a seasonal heart-warmer. It is a provocative examination of an issue that resonates deeply." in the wake of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay: Do 'softer' values, such as mercy for the weak, sabotage military morale or strengthen it?" —Washington Post"A tale of radiant joy ... that eschews sentimentality. ... The story of Lava's journey out of Iraq is exciting, but it's to Kopelman and Roth's credit that it's not nearly as harrowing as the story of what the dog left behind." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599211824
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
222,800
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Jay Kopelman is a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps; he was last stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. A competitive bicyclist, Jay lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife, Pam Godde, stepson, their two dogs, Lava and Koda, and Cheddar the cat. Both Jay and his wife, an anthropologist, are avid surfers. They're expecting their second child in January 2007. Melinda Roth works for a political lobbyist in Chicago, where she lives with her family.

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From Baghdad, with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant say enough about this book. It is meant to be read not only by animal lovers but everyone in general. Authors givr you an insight to a real war....not the small selective elements that we are fed by the media. I applaud all the people who took part in rescuing Lava. There arent any proper words to describe the kind of love one receives from a dog....a dog who cant speak...yet is capable to showing you the ultimate loyal pure love. I highly recommend this book to everyone. As for you Lava....what a lucky flea infested mutt you are...not only you have a wondergul family you received what so many fight for.....freedom! Happy life Lava
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I applaud Col. Kopelman for all he did to bring Lava home from Iraq.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome book even in the midst of a cruel & unwarranted war, this story of love for a dog is heartwarming.
julie443 More than 1 year ago
I am usually a crime, mystery, and high action lover, so I was worried that this would be too "cute" for my liking. I quickly realized that I could not put this book down! It is suspenseful and it is the ONLY book I have ever wanted to read twice! You must read it!
auntbah More than 1 year ago
Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down until you're finished.
It is even more endearing because it is a true story. You are captivated and want to help Lava.
LavaDog More than 1 year ago
I still can't believe this guy stole my dog while I was on patrol. Use to feed him cans of Spam to fatten him up. He use to sleep next to me on top of the roof. We actually found him in a gutter in a four inch pipe under the driveway ramp.
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Once I picked up From Baghdad, With Love, and started reading, I could not put it down. It is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. I must admit that some parts of the book were boring, and I didn’t quite understand how they fit into the story, but once I kept reading the better it got. I love how the author Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman writes about his journey on getting Lava to the United States. But it also teaches the reader facts about the war in Iraq and what was happening where he was stationed. The book teaches a great lesson, which is that you always have to keep trying, no matter what happened before. Honestly, I started to stop believing that Lava would ever get to go to Kopelman’s home in California. There were so many failed attempts to getting Lava to the United States, but by having Jon Van Zante there to keep encouraging them they were able to get Lava safely to the United States. It killed me to read the parts when Kopelman thought about how Lava would die; I wanted to scream “I KNOW HE’S ALIVE. THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS THAT KOPELMAN LIVES WITH LAVA IN CALIFORNIA! JUST GET TO THE HAPPY PART ALREADY!” Finding Lava gives Kopelman and all the other Marines that help take care of the puppy hope to keep moving forward and that it will get better. I think that high schools would be most likely to read this book because they have some knowledge about what was going on in Iraq during the war. Even if they do not know much about the war, the book helps describe it. I know it has helped me understand what was going on in Iraq from the point of view from a soldier instead of the press. I don’t think younger kids should read this book because there is a strong language usage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book From Baghdad With Love is an amazing and heartwarming story. Once I heard that the book was about a dog I knew I wanted to read it. I am one of the biggest dog lovers there is so this book was right up my alley. This book combines a great war memoir and a dog story all in one, making this one of my favorites. It was about a Marine named Jay Kopelman and his team found an Iraqi puppy which they would name Lava. They all grew much attached and knew they had to get him to the United States. There were many bumps in the road along the way. There were many organizations that joined the cause to get Lava to the United States, which showed the humanity of people supporting the troops, especially this Marine. I loved how everyone worked together and never gave up in the end. Another reason why I like this book because it was real and raw and Jay Kopelman didn’t hold back with any of his descriptions. Some parts of the book explained disturbing pictures at times but, it showed me exactly what the U.S soldiers see and experience every day. It also showed LT. Kopelman’s friendship unfold from beginning to end and how Lava became such a big part in his life. I got to see Lava grow up and affect so many others lives and how he helped so many Marines forget just for a second that they were at war and could possibly never come home. I wouldn’t recommend this to littler kids because of the descriptions, but I think this is a great book for teenagers or adults. All the way through the book I never wanted to put it down. Each chapter captivates you and forces your mind to think all of the possibilities like whether Lava would make it in the end or not. I read the book in 3 days and enjoyed every bit of it. I am so happy that I got to read this truly endearing dog story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little afraid to read this book because I am so softhearted about any animal (especially dogs) being hurt in any way. However this book was wonderful so if you are like I am and are cautious about reading it go ahead buy it and enjoy!!
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Lauren_Noel_Bashore More than 1 year ago
My mama's boyfriend, Kenneth Licklider, owner of Vohne Liche Kennels, told me to read this and I had no clue he had such an amazing deal with this story even though his part is so little. Great story and I even met the author. Loved it. (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can open so many eyes on what realy goes on in a war, and what our men and women that are in the service really have to deal with everyday that they are in the Middle East. Their mind set is not of love, which can be understandable, but there has to be an outlet for the emotions to come through. If more people realized that, there would be more help for the service men and women that come home. The one thing that kept the author going was this puppy who made him laugh, cry, and do everything possible to bring the dog home so that he could have a better life and return that love to someone who saved him, even though it was against regulations. Well done Mr. Kopelman, and thank you for your service to our country. God bless you today and always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing story for any animal lover. From giggles of delight, to edge of your seat anxiety this book will pull you into the life as person by person gets involved with saving this pup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because this book is written by the soldier, it lacks a lot of "touchy feely" detail. But through his writing he includes a lot of fact about the war and about other caught up in the war and you learn how even a war-hardened soldier can fall in love with a little fur-ball. And how everyone else helps him because of this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a touching story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definately would read more books by this author. Fantastic entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat. Could not put the book (Nookcolor Tablet that is) down. Emotionally rewarding and very factually informative. I think this would be a movie I would pay to go see at the theatre......come on Hollywood. Shay Radeschi/Florida
k_j_9_7 More than 1 year ago
The story was really touching. I didn't like the frequent use of swear words and how many sentences were ended with "right?". Other than that, it was very good.
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