Ghosts of War

Ghosts of War

The True Story of A 19-year-old GI

Book - 2009
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Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, readers march along one GI's tour of duty. Smithson avoids writing either prowar propaganda or an antimilitary polemic, providing instead a fascinating, often humorous-and occasionally devastating-account of the motivations and life of a contemporary soldier.
Publisher: New York : Collins ; c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061664700
Branch Call Number: Y 956.704437 SM69G 2009
Y 956.704437 SM69G 2009
Characteristics: 321 p., [6] p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm

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Feb 27, 2017

This book makes us realize how our troops are affected and the fight they have to do when back from combat. Eye openning

ChristchurchLib Nov 03, 2014

"Ryan Smithson, who describes sitting in his high school history class and watching the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 as the "atypical, unpredictable kind of real that you never see coming," enlisted in the Army as soon as he graduated. In this harrowing and powerful memoir, Smithson brings readers inside his tour of duty in Iraq, from basic training through combat and his return home. If you want to know what life is really like on the battlefield, Smithson's story provides a soldier's unflinching viewpoint; for an Iraqi civilian's account of the early days of the war, check out Thura's Diary by Thura Al-Windawi." Teen Scene November 2014 newsletter


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