Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq

Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq

by Dave Hnida
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Kleyba More than 1 year ago
First of all, the Kirkus review is dead wrong. Paradise General is a memorable stay inside a present-day combat base and hospital. I have no military background, but the connections and feelings I experienced while reading it surprised me. As a member of the community where the author, Dave Hnida lives, I can relate to some of his experiences that are tied to the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School. The unexpected connections hooked me and it was awkwardly comforting to know that Hnida, too, wrestles with questions about his father and about being a good father. Dave's humor is unexpected in a setting so blood-filled. Early on I doubted the humor could last, but Hnida manages to stitch-in lighthearted details through almost every chapter. Actually, I felt that each chapter marked or scarred me in some way. I did quickly realize that Dave is a prankster and joke-teller, and that he is not trying to be funny---he just truly loves a good laugh, no matter the circumstances. Dave's internal journey is something that is just plain human and therefore, relatable. Hnida's mid-life, peace seeking, odyssey is, ironically, a traumatizing search for answers and inner quietness. I imagine doing something that truly tests me, that gives to mankind, and that leads to a discovery. Hnida does this while the reader watches. His tellings have the vulnerability of a diary, and the frankness of a friend sharing a story. Sometimes it was easy to forget about the man telling the story because the circumstances are so compelling, but as I read, I couldn't help but wonder what memories Hnida, and all soldiers, replay day after day upon returning home. Yes, it seems like a modern day M.A.S.H., but even war has evolved and changed. The men and women of the 4077th never handled the decimation of the human body caused by an IED. Hnida's stories caused me to reflect throughout the book. Many of my former students have enlisted in the military, and I can't help but picture them as the young men and women on gurneys and stretcher that trauma doctors feverishly worked to save on a daily basis. One of my former students died in Fallajuh in 2004. I was devastated by the loss. Hnida's story gave me a sense of peace realizing that in all likelihood, the young warrior was cared for and lovingly handled by soldiers and doctors like Dave Hnida. I am grateful that I read this book. It isn't often that a book provokes me to stop mid-page to give thanks for others. This book inspired me to reevaluate the perceived problems in my life. Dave, thanks for reminding me of all the things I have to be grateful for, and that my worst problems in life are inconsequential compared to the daily duties and service of the soldiers who risk in ways I now better understand. The wounded soldiers and the medical staff who piece them together, are forever changed by their experiences The very least I can do is educate myself about their journey, and then say thank you. Read Paradise General.
dizazter More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I highly recommend it as a must read. Dr. Dave Hnida shares his experience of a military deployment to a combat support hospital tagged "Paradise General". It is well written and guaranteed to take you from laughing one moment, to tears, and then to total admiration for those who serve.
History_Hipster More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure exactly what I expected when I picked up this book. A history buff, I am always intrigued by personal accounts of historical events. From the moment I opened this book, I could NOT put it down. Quite simply, I loved every page of it. Hnida gives an unflinching account of the day to day work of our doctors and nurses on the front lines and I was fascinated by the "meatball" surgery approach conducted in a series of thrown together tents. The injuries these doctors deal with is devastating. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the humor in this story. Dr. Hnida does a beautiful job balancing the horrors of war with the jokes and silliness that carried his crew through their darkest hours. Dr. Hnida is honest, fresh, and humorous. You just can't help but be thankful that we have people like him in out there in the world, willing to answer the call of duty and share themselves for the betterment of this humanity.
mistergowers More than 1 year ago
Dr. Dave Hnida tells an incredible and honest story about the intensity of being a doctor in Iraq. Dr. Hnida is a family practitioner who decided to join the army at 48 years old. He and his colleagues work tiring 12 hour shifts 7 days a week. He describes a certain camaraderie with the men and woman that worked beside him at the CSH. His story looks at both the good and bad that can happen on a military camp- from practical joking and saving lives to suicides and attempted rapes. Dr. Hnida is not a bumper-sticker patriot. He cares deeply about the soldiers fighting for our country and it shows in his writing. Everyone who has a loved one in the military should read this book. It might make you rest a little easier to know that they are in the hands of caring professionals like Dr. Hnida.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. Yet, it may be too graphic for some readers but the story is terrific and beautiful. I really found a sense of pride for my country after finishing this book, you're reminded of the sacrifices soldiers make everyday to protect us. An amazing read.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago, I was in the airport and saw it on a stand and picked it up. I could not put this book down, there were parts where it had me in tears. It really gives you a different view and is very detailed.
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The courage to step into a most difficult position and to complete the task that is almost unbearable to even read about is mind boggling! Everyone should read this book to enable an understanding of the true pain these men and women go through and to gain insight into why they return different! A most interesting love story! Jdl
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johnny23 More than 1 year ago
if you are in to true story or love the topic of iraq you find this story awesome pick and really its good for any one espeiacy for one with a millatry backround. point is you will love it and if your looking good millatry book not just one talking a bout shooting and how kick ass they think the millatry is then BUY IT!!!!!!!!! p.s-check texas death row
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