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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson

When the planes flew into Twin Towers many Americans were sporting bumper stickers that said "These colors don't run." When it all came down, Ryan Smithson enlisted.  From Basic Training to the war zone, he talks openly about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the war in Iraq.  He doesn't debate the politics and he doesn't feed the stereotypes. Instead he talks about the good that the US military is doing--the good that few people hear because it just isn't as exciting as the car bombs. In a story as gritty as the sand that surrounded him, he talks about what it was like to weld thin Haji armor onto the convoy vehicles, sweep for  mines the fast way rather than the right way, and to clean the human remains out of a Humvee that was attacked by terrorists.  These anecdotes (stories) are told side by side with other stories of protecting a village from terrorist kidnappings and what it is like to see a child get tears in his eyes because he is given a clean drink of water. 

1 comment:

  1. This is a great book. It tells the real story of Ryan Smithson as he is in the U.S. Army. It starts out with Ryan in high school. He was jsut a regler kid untill he looked at the T.V. to see Twin Towers being attacked on 9/11.(It says in the book that Ryan dident think it was an attack till he got into his history class thats when it hit him that the U.S.A. had been attacked) soon after that Ryan started to talk to Army recruiters and desided to go in to the Army reserves. Befor he left for basic training at the age of 19 he marred his girlfriend Hether so that if he died over seas she would know that he was dead. this book is slow at the start but gets good realy fast. It gets a 9.5 out of 10