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Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
     

Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

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by Heidi Squier Kraft
 

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When Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft's twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed to Iraq. A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft's job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see. She put away thoughts of her

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When Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft's twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed to Iraq. A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft's job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see. She put away thoughts of her children back home, acclimated to the sound of incoming rockets, and learned how to listen to the most traumatic stories a war zone has to offer.
One of the toughest lessons of her deployment was perfectly articulated by the TV show M*A*S*H: "There are two rules of war. Rule number one is that young men die. Rule number two is that doctors can't change rule number one." Some Marines, Kraft realized, and even some of their doctors, would be damaged by war in ways she could not repair. And sometimes, people were repaired in ways she never expected. RULE NUMBER TWO is a powerful firsthand account of providing comfort admidst the chaos of war, and of what it takes to endure.

Editorial Reviews

Dave Grossman
One of the most amazing books I have ever read...
USA (Ret), author of On Killing and On Combat
Jay Freeman
A necessary but uncomfortable book for anyone wishing to understand.
Booklist
J. Ford Huffman
The welcome mat for memoirs by veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom might never wear out so long as they write with the sincerity of Squier Kraft...(who) wins respect with genuine empathy.
Military Times
General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret) - former commander of U.S. Central Command
"Every American needs to read this."
J. Ford Huffman - Military Times
"The welcome mat for memoirs by veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom might never wear out so long as they write with the sincerity of Squier Kraft...(who) wins respect with genuine empathy."
Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman - USA (Ret)
"One of the most amazing books I have ever read..."
Jay Freeman - Booklist
"A necessary but uncomfortable book for anyone wishing to understand."
From the Publisher
"Every American needs to read this."—General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret), former commander of U.S. Central Command

"One of the most amazing books I have ever read..."—Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, USA (Ret), author of On Killing and On Combat

"A necessary but uncomfortable book for anyone wishing to understand."—Jay Freeman, Booklist

"The welcome mat for memoirs by veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom might never wear out so long as they write with the sincerity of Squier Kraft...(who) wins respect with genuine empathy."—J. Ford Huffman, Military Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316067911
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
158,122
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Squier Kraft received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1996. After several years as a flight psychologist with the US Navy, she gave birth to twins in 2002. In February 2004, she deployed to Iraq for seven months. She left active duty in March 2005 after nine years in the Navy, and is now Deputy Program Coordinator, US Navy Combat Stress Control. She lives in San Diego with her husband and kids.

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Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
USMC-Wife More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have even loaned out my copy to other military wives I know. It is so hard to be the understanding wife that always says goodbye and watches our husband leave time and time again. And yet we have no clue what is going on or what our spouse is really going through. My husband has been in the Marines for almost 10 years now, and has been in Iraq for almost 4 years straight......it is so hard to be understanding to all his emotional changes when I don't understand at all..... This book helped me see what he is going through, so I can better understand his anxiety sometimes. I think I cried through the entire book......I felt so guilty for not being more understanding, and ashamed for not being more gentle with him. This really helped me feel what he was feeling. I think this book is perfect for any military spouse who might like a better understanding of what our spouse is going through....when they won't tell us, or can't tell us. Thank you!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The minute I got this book I had such a hard time putting it down that I finished it in no time flat. Dr. Heidi Kraft's book is at times thought provoking, poignant, bittersweet and sometimes has a tinge of dark humor to it. The narrative is often heart breaking and more than once I found myself teary eyed but it is also a powerful rendering of what we ask of others in our name.
Marek More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, heartfelt book about a doctor's experience in Iraq during her deployment. Perhaps, because it was written by a psychologist, perhaps by a woman in a combat situation, or just because it is so honest-it was difficult to put down and had me close to tears a couple of times. Cant say enough about it-highly recommended.
ALLG More than 1 year ago
Heidi Kraft has written a touching,vivid book of the toll war takes on the military and families, but in a way that is highly readable and gripping. There are enough touches of humor to lessen the intensity of the story she tells. The book is very easy to get into. Her writing makes you feel that you are right there with her. This true story is an eye opening look at what it means to serve in time of war. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I learned about this book from a wonderful NPR piece. The interview was riveting as was the book. Not only was the book riveting, but it was horrifying and uplifting, often all at the same time. I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like for the author to live through those events. I think each war produces a series of books that define the period, the horrors and the bravery. I am confident that as the catalogue of such books is developed in years to come to address this current war, Dr. Kraft's incredible book will be included and will always be highly regarded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Turn off the phone and TV, get comfotable and don't forget to grab the Kleenex! This book was an amazing read and I believe every American should add it to their bookshelves. Dr. Kraft displayed all the feelings and emotions of her time in Iraq beautifully nothing was lost. She explained military terminology well for those who are unfamiliar. This is the story of our times and these are your friends and neighbors! Thank you Dr. Kraft!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It's the first book EVER, that I finished in one day. It really took me on an emotional ride, as I remembered how worried I was that my wife, a naval psychologist, could have been put a similar situation which you overcame valiantly. I have told your story to many friends and loved ones. Thank you for your service.
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An interesting look into the war.
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kayaki More than 1 year ago
Everyone who has or may have a loved one serving in our armed forces should read this book. Scary & unbelievable at times, also heart rendering.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a patient of Dr. Kraft's while in Iraq shortly after 2 very devasting events. I was medivac out of country because wounds from a mortar blast and later medically retired from the blast injuries. During the time she was with us she was a caring and unselfish listener. I am glad she had a chance to write about the experiences she had there. It helps others see a different aspect of war, not the media's bias. She is an inspiration to those you she served and who served around her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Dr. Kraft for her book ¿Rule Number Two¿. My son joined the Marines last fall and graduated on December 7TH. Ooh-Rah! He majored in Psych in college and has always wanted to join the Marines. My brother was a Marine and served two tours in Vietnam . I was only about 4 years old when he was there and I still remember my mom crying at the airport. I also remember her setting a place at the holiday tables as a gesture of remembrance for my brother. This place setting she said, 'Was for all of us to remember where our brother is and to remember all the soldiers who are not at their family¿s holiday table.' Never did I ever think I would set a Marine place setting at my holdiay table, but I did these past holidays. As a mother, I want Dr. Kraft to know that it eases my heart to know that there are people like you dedicated to my son. It makes me feel calmer knowing that he has a place to turn to when he needs the support. Your book provides the support and comfort of what is real! I encourage all who have a family member serving for our country to read Dr. Kraft's book. It will allow you the window into their lives as they serve and help you understand their emotional returns to home'. This book is for all who care about our men and women serving now and for all our veterans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a powerful story. For me, this book was so very well written. The human story was compelling and compassionate. I could hardly put the book down. The factual emotions in your story helped me have some understanding of a whole other view of our American soldiers. They bravely perform as trained to protect our country and suffer physical injuries in the process. However, they also suffer emotional injuries from the sights they endure. Some are affected more than others and some just show it more than others. We should all be thankful for Doctors of your expertise being out in the field. And thankful that you also look out for one another. Besides your actual story having so much REAL meaning, I applaud the style of the writing. You told your story and did not, in any way, get side tracked with pros and cons of the war itself or with political sides. I am just an average citizen, raising my children, doing the average day to day, and picked up a really good book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Kraft has written an excellent and moving account of her experiences in Iraq. It is also a testament to the struggle of many working mothers, whether service members or not. As a psychologist (also woman and mother) in private practice with a largely military population, I recognized a similar thread in the many horror stories I have heard from active duty and family member clients alike. By writing from her perspective, we are able to gain a unique window into the clinician's world, many of us are not otherwise able to share. It is a part of the Iraq War story that needs to be told. Dr. Kraft's skill and expertise as a therapist are revealed repeatedly throughout the pages. She is someone I am honored to call a colleague in the field of mental health, and I thank her and her family for their service and sacrifice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written and its stories of what Iraq 'and war in general' is like at a personal level was moving. The pain that is shared amoung fellow soldiers in time of war is illustrated in a way that gives a new appreciation of what our men and women deal with emotionally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter gave me this book as a Christmas gift and I finished it within two days. I feel the book brought someone like me who is not in the military the closest to possibly understanding the situation. Certainly, empathy is not possible, however, the book brings it close to home. My cousin who is in the Army served in Iraq from March '07 until Dec. '07 making it home in time for Christmas with her children. Her husband is still there. I anquished the whole time. She told me about the lack of color, etc. and I felt I understood when that was mentioned in the book. I can't wait to talk to my cousin about this book. I enjoyed this book so much I actually wrote the author a note telling her so! I had to thank her for writing such a vivid account of her experience and of course for her service to our country.