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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