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Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq

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"Look around," the drill sergeant said. "In a few years, or even a few months, several of you will be dead. Some of you will be severely wounded or so badly mutilated that your own mother can't stand the sight of you. And for the real unlucky ones, you will come home so emotionally disfigured that you wish you had died over there."

It was Week 7 of Basic Training . . . 18 years old and I was preparing myself to die.

They say the Army makes a man out of you — but for 18-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, that fabled rite of passage proved a very dark journey. After soliciting his parents' approval to enlist at only 17, Anthony began his journey with an unshakeable faith in the military born of his family's long tradition of service. But when thrust into a medical unit of misfits as lost as he was, SPC Anthony not only witnessed the unspeakable horror of warabut the undeniable misconduct of the military — firsthand. Everything he ever believed in dissolved, forcing Anthony to rethink his loyalties, and ultimately risk his career and his freedom & mdash; to challenge the military he had so firmly believed in.

This searing memoir chronicles the iconic experiences that changed one young soldier forever. A seasoned veteran before the age of twenty-one, he faced the truth about the war — and himself — in this shocking and unprecedented eyewitness account.

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"When SPC Anthony joined the Army at 18, he went in with high hopes and sterling ideals; coming from a family with a proud military background, Anthony expected to meet mentors, heroes and lifelong friends while earning money for college and becoming a man. What he discovered was a disenchanting web of mundane corruption and self-serving lies. Unlike accounts exposing the military's most shameful iniquities, Anthony's memoir focuses on an endless parade of petty offenses-the cowardice, drug addiction, thievery, adultery and rampant hypocrisy-he found while working in a base hospital. Relentlessly honest and reflective, Anthony's record communicates perfectly the stranglehold of sadness, fear and disappointment that came with his lost innocence; just as worse is his eventual acceptance of the pointless, dysfunctional bureaucracy maintaining the status quo. Avoiding the intensity of the battlefield and the OR itself, Anthony's frustrations resonate with the feelings of any young man learning about the nature of authority and his helplessness before it. Readers curious about the human side of the ongoing Iraqi conflict will be struck by Anthony's strong voice, direct storytelling and stark honesty." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This searing memoir chronicles the iconic experiences that changes one young soldier forever. A seasoned army veteran before the age of 21, Anthony faces the truth about the war--and himself--in this shocking and unprecedented eyewitness account.

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Grady Harp, February 27, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
Stress and Consequences

Michael Anthony has published his journal recorded during his year in Iraq serving as a medic in the midst of the worse than bizarre war being played out around him. The book is a journal written with fine graphics dividing the entries by hours in the days in the weeks in the months of his tour of duty - all bound by the barbed wire that so aptly describes the imprisonment felt by those serving in a position for a given period of time to perform despite the belief in the cause. This writing technique serves Anthony well: he is freed from the literary confines of connecting incidents, minutes/hours/days, into a flowing story - the entries do that for him.

What we learn from this young writer (of very great promise!) is not so much about the particular war in Iraq, but instead about what happens in every war in which civilians serve in the medical capacity. The flow of information is more about the interaction of the various members who comprise the OR team - the docs, the medics, the techs, the nurses, the true military personnel who command the actions away from the OR table - than it is about the war itself. Anthony introduces the friends he makes, the enemies he encounters, the pecking order of those in charge, the 'illegal activities' that are commonplace, the addictions, the chronic lack of sleep, and that most difficult hurdles of all - the agony of seeing young bodies both American and Iraqi torn by shrapnel and commonplace explosions. We feel Anthony's grief and disillusionment while we are sifting through his own addiction to sleeping pills, his only way to rest from the trauma and the at times exceeding boredom of the day.

So what Michael Anthony has achieved in MASS CASUALTIES is an insider's (literally) account of being a medic in a war that grows ever more unpopular with each day. It is timely and it is well written. If the reader expects to discover significant information about the actual war strategies and atmosphere on the battlefield of Iraq, then this is not the book to read. But for a fine account of how the days pass while imprisoned by a war game far from home, Anthony captures that beautifully.

Grady Harp
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John Hatch, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by John Hatch)
Image if Holden Caulfield, from ‘Catcher in the Rye’ or Charlie, from ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’ or Michael Cera, from ‘Superbad’ went to war.

Then imagine if their story was written by someone like: Chuck Palahniuk, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut or Hunter S. Thompson.

I know it may sound strange, but it’s hard to describe, I’ve never come across a war memoir/book, that comes across as an actually book, and not just a story of some soldier. Parts of it are really F…ed up. I had never heard these stories before, from the drugs and sex, to suicides, and death. With that said, it is also one of the funniest and most thought provoking books, at times I was laughing out loud, other times I had to put it down because I was so angry and in thought.

I didn't see it as pro or anti war, it's simply, this is what happened while the author was over there, no fluff just simple truth.
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ISBN:
9781440501838
Author:
Anthony, Michael
Publisher:
Adams Media Corporation
Author:
Ruehrwein, Michael
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Military
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Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
234
Dimensions:
8.62x6.04x.94 in. .98 lbs.

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Product details 234 pages Adams Media Corporation - English 9781440501838 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When SPC Anthony joined the Army at 18, he went in with high hopes and sterling ideals; coming from a family with a proud military background, Anthony expected to meet mentors, heroes and lifelong friends while earning money for college and becoming a man. What he discovered was a disenchanting web of mundane corruption and self-serving lies. Unlike accounts exposing the military's most shameful iniquities, Anthony's memoir focuses on an endless parade of petty offenses-the cowardice, drug addiction, thievery, adultery and rampant hypocrisy-he found while working in a base hospital. Relentlessly honest and reflective, Anthony's record communicates perfectly the stranglehold of sadness, fear and disappointment that came with his lost innocence; just as worse is his eventual acceptance of the pointless, dysfunctional bureaucracy maintaining the status quo. Avoiding the intensity of the battlefield and the OR itself, Anthony's frustrations resonate with the feelings of any young man learning about the nature of authority and his helplessness before it. Readers curious about the human side of the ongoing Iraqi conflict will be struck by Anthony's strong voice, direct storytelling and stark honesty." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This searing memoir chronicles the iconic experiences that changes one young soldier forever. A seasoned army veteran before the age of 21, Anthony faces the truth about the war--and himself--in this shocking and unprecedented eyewitness account.
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