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I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story

– tekijä: Rick Bragg

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"I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story is the story this country has hungered for, as told by Jessica Lynch herself to Rick Bragg. In it, she tells what really happened in the ambush; what really happened in the hospital; what really happened, from her perspective, on the night of the rescue. More than this, the collaboration between Lynch and Bragg captures who she is and where she's from: her childhood in Palestine, West Virginia, a lovely, rugged stretch of land always referred to as the hollow, where she rode horses, played softball, and was crowned Miss Congeniality at the Wirt County Fair the same year the steer she raised took a ribbon. It reveals her relationships with her older brother, Greg Jr., also an enlisted soldier, and her younger sister, Brandi; with her father, Greg Sr., a forty-three-year-old truck driver who has at times worked construction, cut hay, cut firewood, hauled timber, hauled concrete, run a bulldozer, run a backhoe, cleaned houses, and dug graves; and with her mother, Deadra, a city girl from Parkersburg who moved to the hollow and met her future husband when he was eleven and she was nine. And it describes what happened to the Lynch family in the agony of Jessica's capture and captivity; the terror and disbelief that cascaded through an entire town at the news of her disappearance into enemy hands; the joy of her rescue; and the long work of healing and recovery that lie ahead. Jessica Lynch has won the hearts and minds of Americans. In the hands of Rick Bragg, a renowned chronicler of American lives, her tale is told at last."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (lisätietoja)
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This book felt like it was hastily written to get on the shelf quickly after Jessica was rescued. I didn't enjoy it and never finished it. ( )
  briancuddy | Aug 10, 2020 |
Only Rick Bragg's skill as a journalist keeps this from being a total car wreck. The story of Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old small-town girl captured in the early days of the Iraqi war, is ultimately a story composed of equal parts bathos and outrage.

Lynch, who grew up in a blue-collar family in West Virginia, followed many of her friends and classmates into the military,and for the same reason -- it promised a path out of the hollers, money for college, and a chance to see the world. Buried in the small print was the reality that soldiers sometimes go to war, and the promise of a clerical job stateside isn't always kept.

How Jessica and her companions ended up in a brutal firefight in an Iraqi city they had been specifically warned to avoid, with equipment that refused to function and communications that failed, is the story of incompetence, carelessness, and criminal unpreparedness. Captured, brutalized, dumped near death on the doorstep of an Iraqi hospital, Jessica was ultimately the subject of a rescue mission that caught the imagination of the world and whose methods and later promotion only later began to be questioned.

Again, Bragg is a professional journalist (as well as a hell of a writer), and he never lets the story slant off the straight and narrow. But neither does he gloss over the fact that mistakes, miscalculations, and negligence by Jessica's superior officers led to the death of seven of her companions and the wounding of eleven more.

Early on, as the background of Jessica's early life is spun out, the book drags somewhat, picking up only with the events leading up to her capture, bouncing back and forth between Iraq and West Virginia. The balance of the book, outlining her rescue, recovery, and return home, are actually more compelling than the battle scenes, and even harder to forget or dismiss.

It's an honest and thoughtful book that digs deep into the heart of America and takes a hard look at what we really ask of our children in times of conflict. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | May 6, 2020 |
interesting ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 6, 2016 |
interesting ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 2, 2016 |
On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Jessica Lynch was crossing the Iraqi desert with the 507th Maintenance Company when the convoy she was traveling in was ambushed, caught in enemy crossfire. All four soldiers traveling with her died in the attack. Lynch, perhaps the most famous P.O.W. this country has ever known, was taken prisoner and held captive in an Iraqi hospital for nine days. Her rescue galvanized the nation; she became a symbol of victory,... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 20, 2015 |
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This book is dedicated to the memory of Private First Class Lori Piesterwa, Jessica's friend and protector, who was killed in an ambush at Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003.

It is also dedicated to the memories of the other ten soldiers who lost their lives in the ambush:
Specialist Jamaal Addison,
Specialist Edward Anguiano,
Sergeant George Buggs,
First Sergeant Robert Dowdy,
Private Ruben Estrella-Soto,
Private First Class Howard Johnson II,
Specialist Jame Kiehl,
Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata,
Private Brandon U. Sloan,
Sergeant Donald R. Walters
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"I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story is the story this country has hungered for, as told by Jessica Lynch herself to Rick Bragg. In it, she tells what really happened in the ambush; what really happened in the hospital; what really happened, from her perspective, on the night of the rescue. More than this, the collaboration between Lynch and Bragg captures who she is and where she's from: her childhood in Palestine, West Virginia, a lovely, rugged stretch of land always referred to as the hollow, where she rode horses, played softball, and was crowned Miss Congeniality at the Wirt County Fair the same year the steer she raised took a ribbon. It reveals her relationships with her older brother, Greg Jr., also an enlisted soldier, and her younger sister, Brandi; with her father, Greg Sr., a forty-three-year-old truck driver who has at times worked construction, cut hay, cut firewood, hauled timber, hauled concrete, run a bulldozer, run a backhoe, cleaned houses, and dug graves; and with her mother, Deadra, a city girl from Parkersburg who moved to the hollow and met her future husband when he was eleven and she was nine. And it describes what happened to the Lynch family in the agony of Jessica's capture and captivity; the terror and disbelief that cascaded through an entire town at the news of her disappearance into enemy hands; the joy of her rescue; and the long work of healing and recovery that lie ahead. Jessica Lynch has won the hearts and minds of Americans. In the hands of Rick Bragg, a renowned chronicler of American lives, her tale is told at last."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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