Where Cowards Go to Die

Where Cowards Go to Die

by Benjamin Sledge
Where Cowards Go to Die

Where Cowards Go to Die

by Benjamin Sledge


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A former soldier awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart tells the story of overcoming the mental and physical wounds of war on a fifteen year odyssey that led him back to the very place where his nightmares began—and the only place redemption was possible.

While serving a portion of his time under the Special Operations Command, Benjamin Sledge fought to keep his humanity amid the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But war never leaves its participants uscathed. In Where Cowards Go to Die, Sledge reveals an unflinchingly honest portrait of war that few dare to tell.

Stationed on a small base on the border of Pakistan in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, the young warrior returned home shattered after embracing the barbarity he witnessed around him. Haunted by his experiences overseas, he began a 15 year odyssey wrestling with mental health, purpose, and faith, that eventually drove him to volunteer for another combat tour in the deadliest city of the Iraq War—Ramadi.

In his memoir, Sledge vividly captures the reality of the men and women who learn to fight without remorse, love each other without restraint, and suffer the high cost of returning to a country that no longer feels like home.

“In life or war, you’ll die a coward by refusing to live and act selflessly. Or you can kill your inner cowardice for something greater to emerge. But either way, a coward dies.”
-Benjamin Sledge

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684511648
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 07/05/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 334,615
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Sledge is a wounded combat veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving most of his time under Special Operations (Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command). He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals for his actions overseas. Upon returning home from war, he began work in mental health and addiction recovery. A prolific communicator, Benjamin has authored several viral articles in addition to being the author of two books. His work ranges from fiction, self-help, investigative journalism, Christianity, and the military. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, daughter, and son. You can learn more about him at benjaminsledge.com

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Walk with Me in Hell 1

Chapter 2 White Washed 13

Chapter 3 Nothing Left 21

Chapter 4 Freak on a Leash 31

Chapter 5 Down in a Hole 39

Chapter 6 Fell on Black Days 45

Chapter 7 Don't Tread on Me 55

Chapter 8 Cowboys from Hell 65

Chapter 9 Feed 'Em to the Pigs 75

Chapter 10 Dead Choir 83

Chapter 11 The Frayed Ends of Sanity 93

Chapter 12 Raining Blood 101

Chapter 13 Symphony of Destruction 109

Chapter 14 Hurt 121

Chapter 15 Panic Room 129

Chapter 16 The Memory Remains 137

Chapter 17 Gods of War Arise 145

Chapter 18 Paint It Black 153

Chapter 19 Disposable Heroes 161

Chapter 20 Dying to Believe 175

Chapter 21 The Sinner 185

Chapter 22 Rooster 195

Chapter 23 Cemetery Gates 205

Chapter 24 Tears Don't Fall 213

Chapter 25 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 221

Chapter 26 Dead Memory 225

Chapter 27 A War Inside 231

Chapter 28 Who Will Pray? 239

Chapter 29 The Heart from Your Hate 247

Chapter 30 Beauty in Tragedy 257

Chapter 31 When Everything Means Nothing 265

Epilogue 271

Glossary of Terms 279

Acknowledgments 281

Notes 285

About the Author 289

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