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Minefields of the Heart: A Mother's Stories of a Son at War

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"It would be wrong to think that Diaz sentimentalizes her relationship with her soldier son. Her book is unblinkingly determined to dig deep, to ask big questions and move toward the answers. She's also wise enough to see far beyond her own worries, to ask if the sacrifice of so many young soldiers has been worth it: 'We as a country lose,' she says, 'when even one of them falls.' The mother in Diaz competes with the journalist in her, and the book benefits mightily from this unique combination of heart and head." Chuck Leddy, The Christian Science Monitor (Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)

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In the late summer of 2002, Sue Diaz's nineteen-year-old son, Roman, enlisted in the U.S. Army. Having qualified for all 212 jobs the army offered, he chose the infantry. Both decisions — joining the army and becoming an infantryman — surprised everyone he knew, especially his mother. Roman's choices ultimately led to two tours of duty, totaling twenty-seven months between 2003 and 2006, and took him to the dark heart of the Iraqi insurgency, where he endured events that distanced him from friends and family back home.

From the perspective of loved ones on the home front, Minefields of the Heart, chronicles the emotional rollercoaster Diaz's and other soldiers' families have experienced during and after deployment. It asks, how do combat veterans and their families address the chasm that war-by its very nature-creates between them? Is it even possible to close that gap? And if so, how?

Diaz explores these questions not only through stories of her son's and family's experiences connected to the Iraq War but also by insights she gained from other veterans' accounts — from what she calls the box that soldiers returning from any war carry within. This added layer gives her narrative broader meaning, bringing home the impact of war in general — this war, every war — on those who fight and on those who love them. It is a story of innocence lost, understanding gained, and hope reaffirmed. In addition to veterans and their families, this book will appeal to anyone who wants to understand war's impact on individuals as well as on the fabric of our society.

Synopsis:

How do combat veterans and their loved ones bridge the divide that war by its very nature creates between them? How does someone who has fought in a war come home, especially after a tour of duty marked by near-daily mortar attacks, enemy fire, and roadside bombs? With a journalist's eye and a mother's warmth, Sue Diaz asks these questions as she chronicles the two deployments to Iraq of her son, Sgt. Roman Diaz, from the perspective of the home front.

Synopsis:

How do combat veterans and their loved ones bridge the divide that war, by its very nature, creates between them? How does someone who has fought in a war come home, especially after a tour of duty marked by near-daily mortar attacks, enemy fire, and roadside bombs? With a journalist's eye and a mother's warmth, Sue Diaz asks these questions as she chronicles the two deployments to Iraq of her son, Sgt. Roman Diaz, from the perspective of the home front.Sergeant Diaz's second deployment put him south of Baghdad in the region aptly termed the Triangle of Death. There his platoon experienced extraordinarily heavy casualties during the height of the Iraqi insurgency. That unit has since become the focus of considerable media attention following events that made headlines in the summer of 2006: an insurgent attack at a remote outpost on three of their own-one killed at the scene, the other two kidnapped, their bodies found days later; and a terrible war crime committed against an Iraqi family by four soldiers from First Platoon.Minefields of the Heart adds a very personal dimension to the larger story of this Bravo Company platoon from the 101st Airborne's 502nd Infantry Regiment, a unit known since World War II as the Black Heart Brigade. Diaz recounts the emotional rollercoaster her family and other soldiers' families experience during and after deployment. She explores this terrain not only through stories of her son's and family's experiences connected to the Iraq War, but also by insights she's gained from other veterans' accounts-from what she calls the box that soldiers returning from any war carry within. This added layer gives her narrative broader meaning, bringing home the impact of war in general on those who fight and on those who love them.Minefields of the Heart is a story of innocence lost, understanding gained, and hope reaffirmed. In addition to veterans and their families, this book will appeal to anyone who wants to understand war's impact on individuals as well as on the fabric of our society.

About the Author

Sue Diaz is an award-winning journalist who writes frequently for the Christian Science Monitor and contributes to National Public Radio. Since 2007 she has conducted writing workshops for veterans at the San Diego Vet Center. At her web site, www.warriorswall.com, Diaz provides a place for veterans from across the country to write and share their stories. She lives in San Diego, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597975155
Author:
Diaz, Sue
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Foreword by:
Frederick, Jim
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
162
Dimensions:
9.20x6.22x.77 in. .88 lbs.

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Product details 162 pages Potomac Books - English 9781597975155 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "It would be wrong to think that Diaz sentimentalizes her relationship with her soldier son. Her book is unblinkingly determined to dig deep, to ask big questions and move toward the answers. She's also wise enough to see far beyond her own worries, to ask if the sacrifice of so many young soldiers has been worth it: 'We as a country lose,' she says, 'when even one of them falls.' The mother in Diaz competes with the journalist in her, and the book benefits mightily from this unique combination of heart and head." (Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
"Synopsis" by , How do combat veterans and their loved ones bridge the divide that war by its very nature creates between them? How does someone who has fought in a war come home, especially after a tour of duty marked by near-daily mortar attacks, enemy fire, and roadside bombs? With a journalist's eye and a mother's warmth, Sue Diaz asks these questions as she chronicles the two deployments to Iraq of her son, Sgt. Roman Diaz, from the perspective of the home front.
"Synopsis" by , How do combat veterans and their loved ones bridge the divide that war, by its very nature, creates between them? How does someone who has fought in a war come home, especially after a tour of duty marked by near-daily mortar attacks, enemy fire, and roadside bombs? With a journalist's eye and a mother's warmth, Sue Diaz asks these questions as she chronicles the two deployments to Iraq of her son, Sgt. Roman Diaz, from the perspective of the home front.Sergeant Diaz's second deployment put him south of Baghdad in the region aptly termed the Triangle of Death. There his platoon experienced extraordinarily heavy casualties during the height of the Iraqi insurgency. That unit has since become the focus of considerable media attention following events that made headlines in the summer of 2006: an insurgent attack at a remote outpost on three of their own-one killed at the scene, the other two kidnapped, their bodies found days later; and a terrible war crime committed against an Iraqi family by four soldiers from First Platoon.Minefields of the Heart adds a very personal dimension to the larger story of this Bravo Company platoon from the 101st Airborne's 502nd Infantry Regiment, a unit known since World War II as the Black Heart Brigade. Diaz recounts the emotional rollercoaster her family and other soldiers' families experience during and after deployment. She explores this terrain not only through stories of her son's and family's experiences connected to the Iraq War, but also by insights she's gained from other veterans' accounts-from what she calls the box that soldiers returning from any war carry within. This added layer gives her narrative broader meaning, bringing home the impact of war in general on those who fight and on those who love them.Minefields of the Heart is a story of innocence lost, understanding gained, and hope reaffirmed. In addition to veterans and their families, this book will appeal to anyone who wants to understand war's impact on individuals as well as on the fabric of our society.
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