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Nurses After War: The Reintegration Experience of Nurses Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
reviews / October 2, 2016

Based on candid interviews with 35 nurses who were deployed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is the first book to reveal the stresses and moral dilemmas they experienced as they transitioned back into everyday life. The nurses share their difficulties with family separation, clinical reassignments, post-traumatic stress disorder, the perceived stigma of seeking mental health counseling, and compassion fatigue. They describe how “doing nursing” in a war zone changed them personally and expanded their nursing skills, and how reintegration was more difficult than they had anticipated. In addition to serving as a personal account of the experiences,both individual and collective,of these military nurses, the book will serve researchers as a compelling example of qualitative, phenomenological, and descriptive research.

Leaving the Wire: An Infantryman’s Iraq
reviews / October 2, 2016

This book paints an intense, graphic portrait of the emotional and physical realities of the counter-insurgency campaign in Iraq. Gain insight into the murky characteristics that defined the war from a grunt who lived through it; the drudgery, filth, confusion, fear, and frustration. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be there, this book is for you.

Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
reviews / October 2, 2016

Over a thirty-five-year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in meetings with top-level military and civilian players, where strategy was made and managed. At the same time, he regularly carried a rifle alongside rank-and-file soldiers in combat actions, unusual for a general. Now, as a witness to all levels of military command, Bolger offers a unique assessment of these wars, from 9/11 to the final withdrawal from the region. Writing with hard-won experience and unflinching honesty, Bolger makes the firm case that in Iraq and in Afghanistan, we lost — but we didn’t have to. Intelligence was garbled. Key decision makers were blinded by spreadsheets or theories.

Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
reviews / October 2, 2016

A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan. Acclaimed for its vivid, poignant, and honest recreation of sixteen brutal months of nearly continuous battle in the deadly Hindu Kesh, Outlaw Platoon is a Band of Brothers or We Were Soldiers Once and Young for the early 21st century—an action-packed, highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers
reviews / October 2, 2016

Nicholas Irving shares the true story of his extraordinary military career, including his deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, when he set another record, this time for enemy kills on a single deployment. His teammates and chain of command labeled him “The Reaper,” and his actions on the battlefield became the stuff of legend, culminating in an extraordinary face-off against an enemy sniper known simply as The Chechnian. Irving’s astonishing first-person account of his development into an expert assassin offers a fascinating and extremely rare view of special operations combat missions through the eyes of a Ranger sniper during the Global War on Terrorism. From the brotherhood and sacrifice of teammates in battle to the cold reality of taking a life to protect another, no other book dives so deep inside the life of an Army sniper on point.

Lions of Kandahar
reviews / October 2, 2016

One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. Lions of Kandaharis an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces commander, an unparalled warrior with multiple deployments to the theater who has only recently returned from combat there. Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers, lush orchards, and towering marijuana stands, all laced with treacherous irrigation ditches. A mass exodus of civilians heralded the carnage to come.

The Shake ‘n Bake Sergeant: True Story of Infantry Sergeants in Vietnam
reviews , share / September 30, 2016

Dr. Jerry Horton was born in Charleston, W.Va. September 6, 1947. He grew up in Charleston and entered the Army October 1967. While in service Dr. Horton served as an infantry squad leader in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. He was wounded March 12, 1969 and spent six months assigned to Walter Reed Hospital. Dr. Horton received the Purple Heart for the wounds he suffered on March 12. He found out 30 years later during research for this book that he also received two Silver Star medals that he was never notified of 37 years ago. These medals were awarded to him in an official ceremony held at Ft. Carson in 2000. Dr. Horton holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering, MBA and MSEE from University of Tennessee and BSEE from Louisiana State University. He has been a leader in his field in electrical engineering and for the last 16 years the President and Founder of Engineering Software Associates, a leader in Educational Classroom Software for colleges and universities. Dr. Horton now resides in Sarasota, Florida and is married. He has one son, one daughter, a step daughter and four grandchildren.

Three-meter Zone
reviews / September 30, 2016

Dave Pendry’s insightful book takes a look back over his successful 27-year Army career from a noncommissioned officers perspective. He shares his tried and true leadership style with the reader based on anecdotes from his experiences, and causes the reader to look at their own self from the soldier’s perspective. A great read that any soldier of the past two decades will enjoy. //topsarge CSM (Ret.) Dan Elder

The Sergeants Major of the Army
reviews , self-authored / September 30, 2016

The Sergeants Major of the Army adds to the growing literature on the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Corps, which has always stood proudly in the front ranks to serve the nation in war and peace. Daniel K. Elder and his fellow contributors tell two stories, an institutional one and a personal one. In the first part of the book they discuss the origin and growth of the Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, explaining why someone saw a need for such an office and identifying who supported it in its infancy, who made it work, and why it has succeeded as well as it has. In the second part they introduce photographic portraits and biographical vignettes on the soldiers who have occupied this most important post over the past forty years, providing insights into their character, motivations, goals, and accomplishments. The career and life stories of the SMAs are both inspirational and instructive, giving today’s soldiers a useful perspective as the Army once again endeavors to transform itself into an even more effective institution.