Things They Cannot Say Stories Soldiers Won't Tell You about What They've Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War

ISBN-10: 0061990523
ISBN-13: 9780061990526
Edition: 2013
Authors: Kevin Sites
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Description: Award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks the difficult questions of these combatants, many of whom he first met while in Afghanistan and Iraq and others he sought out from different wars: What is it like to kill? What is it like to be  More...

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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks the difficult questions of these combatants, many of whom he first met while in Afghanistan and Iraq and others he sought out from different wars: What is it like to kill? What is it like to be under fire? How do you know what's right? What can you never forget? Sites compiles the accounts of soldiers, Marines, their families and friends, and also shares the unsettling narrative of his own failures during war (including complicity in a murder) and the redemptive powers of storytelling in arresting a spiraling path of self-destruction. He learns that war both gives and takes from those most intimately involved in it. Some struggle in perpetual disequilibrium, while others find balance, usually with the help of communities who have learned to listen, without judgment, to the real stories of the men and women it has sent to fight its battles.

Kevin Sites has spent the past seven years covering global war and disasters for several national networks, including NBC, ABC, and CNN, and has helped pioneer solo journalism, traveling to and reporting from some of the world's most dangerous places. He is a recipient of the 2006 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. When not on assignment, he makes his home in southern California.

Introduction: The Killer in Me
Prologue: Me and My PTSD
The Killing Business: What's It Like to Kill in War?
Killing Up Close
Corporal William Wold, U.S.M.C.
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines
The War in Iraq (2004)
Pulling the Trigger
Staff Sergeant Mikeal Auton, U.S. Army
1st Battalion, 4th Infantry
The War in Iraq (2004 and 2006)
The Wounds of War: What's It Like to Be Shot, Bombed or Burned in Combat?
Survivor's Guilt
Lance Corporal James Sperry, U.S.M.C.
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines
The War in Iraq (2004)
Someone's Not Listening
Gunnery Sergeant Leonard Shelton, U.S.M.C.
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
The Gulf War (1991)
Intermission: The Greatest Veneration: My Father's War
Things That Stain the Soul: What Can Never Be Forgotten?
Dogs of War
Specialist Joe Caley, U.S. Army
1st Cavalry, 25th Infantry
The War in Vietnam (1968-70)
Hung on a Cross
First Lieutenant Thomas Saal, U.S.M.C.
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
The War in Vietnam (1967-68)
Deadly Honest Mistakes: What's It Like to Kill Your Own Men or Civilians?
Unfriendly Fire
Specialist Michael "Casey" Ayala, U.S. Army
1st Battalion, 327th Infantry
The War in Iraq (2006)
Making It Right
Captain Zachary Iscol, U.S.M.C.
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines
The War in Iraq (2003-05)
Moral Ambiguities: How Do You Know What's Right?
Morris versus Mo
Colonel Morris Goins, U.S. Army
1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry
The War in Iraq (2006-08)
The Quiet Soldier
Major Lior Tailer, Israel Defense Forces
609th Reserve Infantry Unit
The Wars in Lebanon (1989-90 and 2006)
Into the Deep
Corporal Sebastiaan Schoonhoven, Royal Netherlands Army
11th Air Mobile Brigade
The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2004 and 2006)
Epilogue: Deus Ex Machina
Acknowledgments

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