Posted by Book Mavens on 20th January 2011
Title: You Know When the Men are Gone
Author: Siobhan Fallon
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, January 2011
Summary: Siobhan Fallon has written a collection of loosely connected short stories revolving around the lives of Fort Hood, TX army wives. The women in these stories are easy to relate to, as they deal with problems that other people face every day. What sets these women apart is their loneliness and the constant fear for their husbands who are serving in Iraq. Each deals with the separation in different ways, and it makes the reader wonder how they would react in the same situation. Fallon, herself a Fort Hood army wife at one time, knows how army life can test those serving and the loved ones left behind. These stories are beautifully written and truly moving.
Who Might Like This?: Anyone who enjoys short stories, especially those that like realistic fiction. Anyone who wants to know what life can really be like for military families.
Recommended by: Sue B, Circulation Coordinator
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Tags: Army, Family, Iraq, Iraq War, PTSD, Relationships, Short Stories, Soldier
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Posted by Merry Mao on 16th October 2008
Title: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: Doubleday, July 2008
Summary: In The Dark Side, Jane Mayer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, documents some of the ugliest allegations of wrongdoing charged against the Bush administration. There are facts, which Mayer substantiates in persuasive detail.
Essential reading for those who think they can stand the truth.
Who will like this book?: Those interested in the subject of the ‘Imperial Presidency.’
If you like this, try this: The Way of the Worldby Ron Suskind. The Limits of Powerby A.J. Bacevich. The War Within by Bob Woodward.
Recommended by: Cliff, Reference.
Tags: George Bush, Iraq, Iraq War, Terrorism, Torture
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Posted by Merry Mao on 13th June 2008
Title: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
Author: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Summary: A shocking account of life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of posh villas and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq. This bubble, cut off from wartime realities had a half-dozen bars stocked with cold beer, a movie theater that screened shoot-em-up films, an all you could eat buffet piled high with pork and a parking lot filled with shiny new SUVs – much of it run by Halliburton. Most Iraqis were barred from entering the Emerald City for fear they would blow it up.
A startling portrait of an Oz-like place.
Who will like this book?: All interested in American foreign policy.
If you like this, try this: Fiasco by Thomas Ricks. Assassin’s Gate by George Packer
Recommended by: Cliff, Reference Librarian.
Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, Iraq War, Middle East, Terrorism
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