A Novel

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It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already smoldering insurgency intent of making Iraq the next graveyard of empires. This novel explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines: Cassandra Wigheard, a nineteen-year-old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu Al-Hool, a lifelong mujahideen beset by a simmering crisis of conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within, including the next wave of far more radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed, a tank crewman who goes along with a "victimless" crime, the consequences of which are more awful than any he could have imagined.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316316163
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: VAN REET, B


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Jul 27, 2018

Recommended this excellent book to two book clubs. The realistic approach to modern warfare, especially the role of American female soldiers, is too real for many to take.

Jul 28, 2017

Publisher's Weekly provides an excellent review of this book. I was immersed in the complexities of the characters - often finding myself believing it was based on actual individuals. A deeply moving and thought-provoking novel about the horrors of war and the effects it has on the human psyche.

Jul 07, 2017

This is a novel about the meaning of war. it is even more relevant as it tackles a controversial war, where players were fighting in a place where they are strangers to it! I liked this book because I believe it is a deep and honest portrait of an absurd war. As they are caught in fighting a war for purposes and ideologies which are either absurd or at best against the regular proper human reason, each of the major hero is trying to find her/his own purpose.


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