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Ghosts of War

Ghosts of War is the true story of Ryan Smithson, the story of his beginning, his basic training, his year in Iraq, and his life in America after his return. It tells the story of why he went to Iraq, why he felt he was needed there. I believe the quote on the front cover, and in the book, sums it up; "If I don't do something, who will?" 

I read this book for two reasons: one, to review it for the blog, and two, because I wanted to see if this true telling of war, and death, could faze myself from joining the military. It has only confirmed what I want to do. This story was gruesome, overwhelming, and heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and informative all at the same time. If you want to join the military, I recommend you read this book, it will test you on whether or not you belong there.


Amazon Says: In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, follow one GI’s tour of duty as Ryan Smithson brings readers inside a world that few understand. This is no ordinary teenager’s more...
Amazon Says: In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, follow one GI’s tour of duty as Ryan Smithson brings readers inside a world that few understand. This is no ordinary teenager’s story. Instead of opting for college life, Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer.His story—and the stories of thousands of other soldiers—is nothing like what you see on CNN or read about in the New York Times. This unforgettable story about combat, friendship, fear, and a soldier’s commitment to his country peels back the curtain on the realities of war in a story all Americans should read. less...
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