Last Letters Home: Voices of Americans from the Battlefields of Iraq

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War letters are, by their nature, intensely emotional, honest and heartfelt documents. They are letters like no others, written when the extreme peril of battle forces one to look at life in an entirely new way. Moments and memories are cherished with an urgency that hadn’t been there before. The future is an elusive dream.

Especially poignant among war letters are the many things: Hope. Pride. Fear. Exhaustion. Love. But they take on an extraordinary new weight when the reader ...

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War letters are, by their nature, intensely emotional, honest and heartfelt documents. They are letters like no others, written when the extreme peril of battle forces one to look at life in an entirely new way. Moments and memories are cherished with an urgency that hadn’t been there before. The future is an elusive dream.

Especially poignant among war letters are the many things: Hope. Pride. Fear. Exhaustion. Love. But they take on an extraordinary new weight when the reader brings to them a knowledge of what has occurred. The letters in this LIFE book—from Robert Wise’s comic pick-me-ups sent to his mom; to Michelle Witmer’s and Rachel Bosveld’s vivid accounts of action in Iraq; to Jesse Givens’s passionate last words to his young family (a letter that he told his wife not to open unless he was killed)— give a thoroughly human face to the war. Beyond the statistics are these lives, bravely lived.

In Last Letters Home, 14 families share their stories with LIFE’s readers and come before LIFE’s cameras; several of them participated as well in the HBO/New York Times project of the same name, which has produced a documentary to premiere on Veterans Day, November 11, 2004. It took courage for the families to publicly recall these sons, daughters, spouses and parents. Courage—theirs and the courage of those now deceased—is on every page of this book.

From the editors of ONE NATION: America Remembers September 11, 2001

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  • ISBN-13: 9781593151638
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    Extremely moving, extremely sad

    This book is exactly what it seems to be; last letters home from soldiers. Whether you agree or disagree with the war, you'll find support for and challenges against your way of thinking. Background is given about each soldier, as well as pictures. Thier letters are printed without censorship, and paint very vivid, often disturbing, accounts of combat.

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