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What Changes Everything by Masha Hamilton

In contrast to books like Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds and Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead, where soldiers’ experiences are brought to life, What Changes Everything illuminates how war tears at those left at home. A refugee aid worker in Afghanistan is … Continue reading

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Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

When 19 year old Travis arrives home on leave following a tour of duty in Afghanistan he feels out of place.  His parents are getting divorced. His younger brother has stolen his girlfriend and his car. And his best friend’s … Continue reading

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War by Sebastian Junger

In Sebastian Junger’s latest non-fiction adventure War, the author spends parts of 15 months embedded with American soldiers in one of the deadliest locations in Afghanistan.  This is not a history of Afghanistan, not a commentary on US foreign policy, or a … Continue reading

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Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea” is the most inspiring and entertaining book I have read in a long while – probably since I read “Three Cups of Tea” a few years ago. Greg’s … Continue reading

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Stones into Schools: promoting peace with books, not bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson

Stones into Schools: Promoting peace with books, not bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, picks up where the author’s first book, the best-seller Three Cups of Tea, left off. (See review of Three Cups of Tea in Staff Picks blogs.) The … Continue reading

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The Khaarijee: A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul by J. Malcolm Garcia

A novice newspaper journalist recounts his experiences in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.  He’s never been a foreign correspondent; he’s never been a war correspondent.  So his reader will learn through him how to blindly set out to a war-torn … Continue reading

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Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations… One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

I found this book and author so inspiring that in order to do them justice, I felt compelled to share how I first became aware of the author and my response to hearing the author speak and reading the book. … Continue reading

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Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Lutrell A gripping read, this is the true story of a military operation in Afghanistan that went terribly awry. Lone Survivor recounts … Continue reading

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Where Men Win Glory: the Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

Despite a million dollar football contract, his engagement to his high school sweetheart, and the opposition of his family, after 9/11 Pat Tillman felt it necessary to put his life on hold and join the fight against al-Qaeda. When asked … Continue reading

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The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

Two reviews ago I declared Sherman Alexie’s The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian a must read. So I fear readers might deem me as too generous is declaring The Photographer a must read so soon afterward. But alas, … Continue reading

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