Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime
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Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime

by Darrell Griffin Sr., Darrell "Skip" Griffin Jr.
     
 

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The wartime reflections of a staff sergeant killed in Iraq are memorialized by his father in this harrowing true story.See more details below

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The wartime reflections of a staff sergeant killed in Iraq are memorialized by his father in this harrowing true story.

Editorial Reviews

Dwight Garner
Two soldiers in dress greens knocked on the door, came inside to deliver their news and then walked back out. It's an all-too-common scene, but it arrives at the beginning of an uncommon book, one in which a mourning father has scooped up a dead son's e-mail messages, blog posts and journal entries and combined them with his own observations. He�s made something that is, at worst, ungainly, but at best raw and true and unvarnished and strange, its own kind of outsider art.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

The conflicted, ultimately tragic experience of an American soldier in Iraq is explored in this moving homage. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Skip Griffin saw heavy fighting during several tours in Iraq before he was killed by a sniper in Baghdad in 2007. His father's memoir portrays Skip as a thoughtful man (he read Plato at age 13) imbued with a skeptical patriotism; despite his deep misgivings about the war, he volunteered to cut short a yearlong break to return to Iraq. Skip's own perceptions emerge through extensive excerpts from his e-mails, blog and other writings. In these he criticized the Bush administration's reasons for the war, deplored the failings of American counterinsurgency strategy and the woeful performance of the Iraqi armed forces, and evinced a growing weariness, edging toward despondency, at the carnage around him. Darrell Sr. overquotes his son's grandiose and not always cogent ideas about religion, philosophy and politics. But when the book sticks to Skip's everyday impressions of the conflict, it presents a harrowing, unsanitized vision of the war and the toll it takes on our soldiers. Photos. (June 29)

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The New York Times - Dwight Garner
“The most honest and gripping accounts of the Iraq war have come from low-ranking soldiers, not from generals. Last Journey joins that small shelf of serious books.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934633168
Publisher:
Atlas
Publication date:
06/29/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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