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Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI

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: Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, readers more...
Amazon Says: Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, readers march along one GI's tour of duty. It will change the way you feel about what it means to be an American. less...
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