My Life As a Foreign Country

ISBN-10: 0393245012
ISBN-13: 9780393245011
Edition: 2014
Authors: Brian Turner
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Description: In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now, each night beside his sleeping wife, he imagines himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam,  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now, each night beside his sleeping wife, he imagines himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and Northern Ireland, the killing fields of Cambodia and the death camps of Europe--a landscape of ongoing violence, revealing all that man has done to man.In this breathtaking memoir, Turner retraces his war experience-- pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath. Free of self-indulgence or self-glorification, his account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make reality comprehensible. Across time, he seeks parallels in the histories of others who have gone to war, especially his taciturn grandfather (World War II), father (Cold War), and uncle (Vietnam). Through it all, Turner paints a devastating portrait of what it means to be a soldier and a human being.

Brian Turner was born in Visalia, California on February 12, 1967. He received an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000, then in November 2003, he was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq. His other books include Phantom Noise and My Life as a Foreign Country.

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