Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone

Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone

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by Michael Moore

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American soldiers serve willingly. They risk their lives so the rest of us can be safe. The one small thing they ask, though, is that they not be sent into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. But after being lied to about weapons of mass destruction and about the connection between al Qaeda and Iraq; after being forced by stop-loss orders to extend their


American soldiers serve willingly. They risk their lives so the rest of us can be safe. The one small thing they ask, though, is that they not be sent into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. But after being lied to about weapons of mass destruction and about the connection between al Qaeda and Iraq; after being forced by stop-loss orders to extend their deployment; after being undertrained, underequipped, and overworked long after George Bush declared Iraq "Mission Accomplished," these soldiers have something to say. From his famous 2003 Oscar acceptance speech to his record-breaking documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. But in this book, Moore gives the spotlight to the real heroes of protest: the men and women who have fought in Iraq and want the American public to know how they feel about their mission and their commander in chief. Moore also fields letters from veterans of other wars and mothers, wives, and siblings of our soldiers in the field. They also express their anger and frustration, their tears and pain, and their hopes and prayers. Impassioned, accessible, and moving, these are letters that reveal the true hearts and minds of the men, women, and families on the front line.

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"Precious Money"

FROM: Anonymous

SENT: Monday, July 5, 2004 3:39 PM

TO: mike@michaelmoore.com

SUBJECT: Thank you!

Mr. Moore,

I am an army vet, and I served in Iraq for 11 months. My younger brother is a Marine and is in Iraq now. My mother, for obvious reasons, has had a very rough time for the past year and a half. She is an avid fan of yours and has seen your film at least five times. She hates the entire Bush administration, and I think that your movie helps her cope with her fear and anger.

I've been looking around on your website today, and I'm glad to see that you have links to organizations that support the troops in Iraq and encourage people to vote. Just out of curiosity, I went to the home page for the White House and to President Bush's reelection website, and I couldn't find any link to anything that really even mentioned what the troops over there are going through. It seems that they are concerned more about the Iraqi people and their precious money than they are about the welfare of the American soldiers.

Copyright © 2004 by Michael Moore

"This Is All Bullshit"

FROM: Anonymous

SENT: Friday, July 9, 2004 9:54 AM

TO: mike@michaelmoore.com

SUBJECT: Reservist who doesn't want to go to Iraq

Mike Moore,

I am a reservist in the navy. I have been in the Reserves for 3 years and have been activated for 1 3Ž4 years (right after 9/11 for homeland security). I have recently been informed that I am to be activated again, but this time I will be going to Iraq. I am Seabee, and we will be building schools and hooking up electricity and water over there. I am not thrilled about this. Seven Seabees have already been killed trying to help the Iraqis. I have not had a chance to see your new movie, and my husband says that maybe I shouldn't. He thinks that it will make me angrier toward Mr. George W.

I just want you to know that there are many of us reservists who think that this is all bullshit. I am not looking forward to leaving my one-year-old daughter for eight months or more to fight a battle that I believe is wrong. The Iraqis don't want our help. If they did, they would not be trying to kill us.

Copyright © 2004 by Michael Moore

Meet the Author

Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan, and attended Catholic schools, including a year in the seminary, which he says accounts for his healthy respect for the fires of hell which seem to be located somewhere just outside Crawford, Texas.

He was an Eagle Scout, Newspaper Boy of the Week, and the youngest person ever elected to public office in the state of Michigan when he was 18-years old.

Michael Moore is now the Oscar and Emmy-winning director of the groundbreaking and record-setting films Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, and Fahrenheit 9/11 (which also won the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and has gone on to become the highest grossing documentary of all time.)

No Disney film this year has made as much at the box office as Fahrenheit 9/11. It became the first documentary ever to premier at number one in the box-office in its opening weekend. Film Comment has called it "The Film of the Year."

Michael Moore is also America's #1 selling nonfiction author with such books as Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation, and Dude, Where's My Country. No other author has spent more weeks on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction list in the past two years than Michael Moore. Stupid White Men was also awarded Britain's top book honor, "British Book of the Year," the first time the award has been bestowed on an American author.

Michael now has two new books being published by Simon & Schuster: Will They Ever Trust Us Again -- Letters from the War Zone, which is a compilation of letters he has received from soldiers in Iraq and from their families back home; and The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader, which contains loads of backup materials for the film, plus essays, and the film's screenplay.

In addition to winning the Academy Award for Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore won the Emmy Award for his NBC and Fox series, TV Nation and was also nominated for his other series, The Awful Truth (which the L.A. Times called "the smartest and funniest show on TV.")

Michael Moore also wrote and directed the comedy feature Canadian Bacon starring the late John Candy, and the BBC documentary, The Big One. He has directed music videos for R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, and System of a Down.

His other best-selling books include Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American, and Adventures in a TV Nation, which he co-wrote with his wife Kathleen Glynn. His books have been translated in over 30 languages, and have gone to #1 in Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Michael currently spends his time reading, gardening, and removing George W. Bush from the White House.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 23, 1954
Place of Birth:
Davison, Michigan
Attended University of Michigan, Flint

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Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Isn't interesting that only one of the negative reviews claims to actually have read the book? And then they need to defne people by labels and polarize. Labels are for small minded people who don't want to have to think or read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although i'm only just stratching the surface of this book, i want to thank mr. moore for helping me understand the war from those who are serving our country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what your position on the war is, you will have the upmost respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us. Powerful, gripping, and emotional. One of the best books I've read in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The people of this country need to hear what is really happening in Iraq and not what the Bush administation is selling us. We should not be there, should have never gone there. These soldiers are telling the truth. Thank you Michael Moore for caring enough to make this forum available to our soldiers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Typical propagandistic tripe. People like Moore (and Clinton, and McAuliffe, and Pelosi, and Daschle, and Kennedy, etc etc, ad nauseum) are why I am no longer welcome in the Democratic Party. It used to be that most of the people on the left side of the aisle had a core philosophy rather than simply a blind opposition to everything American. Now days all the rabid left want to do is to throw literal and/or figurative Molotov cocktails. What a pity that so many caring people have been co-opted by sound-byte journalism, junk science, self-serving advocacy groups, and charlatans like Michael Moore. Why oh why does Moore think he has to make such obviously slanderous generalizations? Because it works! Look at the fawning reviews above this one. Face it, cheap sensationalistic fear-mongering gets the 'know-better' crowd going. Oh, it also appeals to the indoctrinated MTV sheep, too. In fact, that's all the Democratic Party and the sycophantic media stand for anymore. Why is it wrong to take the fight to the guys who want us dead? It's not. We die overseas in defense of liberty, or here on Main Street. Take your pick - you must make a choice before Osama makes it for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I suggest reading Noam Chomsky's 'Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance' Then if you insisit on sticking your head in the sand, be my quest
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books shows that Micheal Moore is a true American and cares deeply about our war warriors. To publish their sorrowful letters for us to share was a wonderful thing. Anyone who reads this book and isn't moved by its contents, in my opinion, does not have a compasionate heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually don't read books but this one is very good. We need michael moore because the republicans own everything that we see and hear in the media except air america and michael moore. The ironic thing is that he tells the truth, and yet that is also the sad thing of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heartfelt and moving, this book must be read by all Americans, lest we forget and another Iraq happens. One almost has to feel sorry for those who try but fail to debunk Moore...almost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! From the picture on the cover you can tell he *actually* cares... about things like: -children flying kites in a Saddam-controlled Iraq -our 'boys and girls' who are dying because of President Bush. (It's a good thing that the army is made up on 17 and under draftees. Oh wait... it's not? HMMMM) -making sure that people don't think for themselves. Anyone who gives this more than 1 star should be given a free Darwin Award.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, some more one sided partisan propaganda from Moore. Definite read if you're a liberal. You'll agree with everything he says.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read 'Dude Where's My Country' and this current book from Moore, also I've seen F911 and it seems that he seems to leave out details. And he twist the facts to make it look like America is the reason for all the problems of the world.