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The Resource The mirror test : America at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, by J. Kael Weston

The mirror test : America at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, by J. Kael Weston

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The mirror test : America at war in Iraq and Afghanistan
Title
The mirror test
Title remainder
America at war in Iraq and Afghanistan
Statement of responsibility
by J. Kael Weston
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict, The Mirror Test asks that we as a nation look in the mirror and address hard questions about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the State Department. The U.S. government sent him to some of the most dangerous frontline locations. Upon his return home, traveling the country to pay respect to the killed and wounded, he asked himself: How and when will these wars end' How will they be remembered and memorialized' What lessons can we learn from them' Questions with no quick answers, but perhaps ones that might lead to a shared reckoning worthy of the sacrifices of those, troops and civilians alike, whose lives have been changed by more than a decade and a half of war. With a novelist's eye, Weston takes us from Twenty Nine Palms in California to Fallujah in Iraq, Khost to Helmand in Afghanistan, Maryland to Colorado, Wyoming to New York City, as well as to out-of-the-way places in Iowa and Texas. We meet generals, corporals and captains, senators and ambassadors, NATO allies, Iraqi truck drivers, city councils, imams and mullahs, Afghan schoolteachers, madrassa and college students, former Taliban fighters and ex-Guantanamo Prison detainees, a torture victim, SEAL and Delta Force teams, and many Marines. The overall frame for the book, from which the title is taken, centers on soldiers who have received a grievous wound to the face. There is a moment during their recovery when they must look upon their reconstructed appearance for the first time. This is known as "the mirror test." Here, like grains of sand, Weston gathers these voices and stories--Iraqi, Afghan, and American--and polishes them into a sheet of glass, one he offers to us as a national mirror. What Neil Sheehan's A Bright Shining Lie did for Vietnam, The Mirror Test does for Iraq and Afghanistan. An unflinching and deep examination of the interplay between warfare and diplomacy, it is an essential book--a crucial look at America now, how it is viewed in the world, and how the nation views itself
Summary
In a powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict, the author challenges Americans to address hard questions about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
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Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10488868
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 956.7044/345092
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
America at war in Iraq and Afghanistan
Label
The mirror test : America at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, by J. Kael Weston
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=63B34828-B868-405D-8534-31EF8B7A99E3
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Publication
Note
"A Borzoi Book."
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue: Twentynine Palms, California -- Part I. The wrong war -- Quagmire -- Friends and enemies -- Phantom fury or new dawn? -- Happy birthday -- The potato factory -- Clear, hold, build -- Helo down -- Collaboration -- KIA in Mayberry -- When senators and generals talk -- Sara al Jumaili and the last grand mufti -- A farewell to Fallujah -- The 93 -- To Monument Valley -- Part II. The right war -- Deeper into the Muslim world -- Dilawar of Yakubi -- Khost U -- A handshake, or two -- Reformed Taliban -- The ego has landed -- Life after Guantanamo -- The dead of Sabari District -- The commander and the top student -- Jackpots and dryholes -- Motor City -- Escalation -- Our British friends -- Ask & tell -- A dignified transfer -- Part III. Homefronts -- To Cherokee, Iowa -- To Menard, Texas -- The parade -- Semper fido and the Sierras -- Operation Mend -- Spirit of America -- The library -- A museum of war -- Nick's home -- The mall of America -- Epilogue: New York City -- After war -- A soldier's war journal, a soldier's mirror test -- Angels
Control code
ocn941970203
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385351133
Lccn
2016011224
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Publisher number
EB00622660
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
63B34828-B868-405D-8534-31EF8B7A99E3
System control number
(OCoLC)941970203
Label
The mirror test : America at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, by J. Kael Weston
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=63B34828-B868-405D-8534-31EF8B7A99E3
Publication
Note
"A Borzoi Book."
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue: Twentynine Palms, California -- Part I. The wrong war -- Quagmire -- Friends and enemies -- Phantom fury or new dawn? -- Happy birthday -- The potato factory -- Clear, hold, build -- Helo down -- Collaboration -- KIA in Mayberry -- When senators and generals talk -- Sara al Jumaili and the last grand mufti -- A farewell to Fallujah -- The 93 -- To Monument Valley -- Part II. The right war -- Deeper into the Muslim world -- Dilawar of Yakubi -- Khost U -- A handshake, or two -- Reformed Taliban -- The ego has landed -- Life after Guantanamo -- The dead of Sabari District -- The commander and the top student -- Jackpots and dryholes -- Motor City -- Escalation -- Our British friends -- Ask & tell -- A dignified transfer -- Part III. Homefronts -- To Cherokee, Iowa -- To Menard, Texas -- The parade -- Semper fido and the Sierras -- Operation Mend -- Spirit of America -- The library -- A museum of war -- Nick's home -- The mall of America -- Epilogue: New York City -- After war -- A soldier's war journal, a soldier's mirror test -- Angels
Control code
ocn941970203
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385351133
Lccn
2016011224
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Publisher number
EB00622660
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
63B34828-B868-405D-8534-31EF8B7A99E3
System control number
(OCoLC)941970203

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