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b : 24 October 2011 • 11:42PM -0400

[BedrockBooks] FS:Book-From Baghdad,with Love,HB-4881
by justjoansetc


FS:Book-From  Baghdad,with Love,HB-4881
In  From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava, Jay
Kopelman  tells a story that is both tender and thought-provoking--candidly
portraying the  ugly conditions in wartime Iraq, while also describing his
(and his fellow  Marines') growing attachment to a scruffy stray puppy. The
news from Iraq keeps  getting grimmer, but Iraq veteran Kopelman and
journalist Roth (The Man Who  Talks to Dogs) tell a tale of radiant joy about
Kopelman's efforts to safely  transport Lava, the stray dog his Marine unit found
in the wreckage of Fallujah,  back to the U.S. Though the premise sounds
cloying, Kopelman and Roth eschew  sentimentality. They don't hesitate to detail
the corruption of the Coalition  Provisional Authority and the U.S.
military bureaucracy or the extreme hardships  of the Iraqi people. Kopelman's
nagging qualms about keeping the dog in  violation of military orders throw into
relief his efforts to repress his guilt  over working so hard to save a dog
amid so much human suffering. Most bracing  are the frank descriptions of
the war's moral vacuum, where terrified men and  women— like the dogs that
Iraqi insurgents strap with bombs and send charging  into the enemy— are
driven to commit unspeakable acts they cannot possibly  understand. The story of
Lava's journey out of Iraq is exciting, but it's to  Kopelman and Roth's
credit that it's not nearly as harrowing as the story of  what the dog left
behind. 8 pages of b&w photos.ISBN-13: 978-1592289806  #4881

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