[army of the potomac Books] TXT Fifteen Days Stories of Bravery Friendship Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army By Christie Blatchford
Having been overseas at the same time as Christie Blatchford s first and longest sojourn to Kandahar and knowing so many of the soldiers referenced in this narrative I found the book to be very personal It has proven a read that I love deeply and at times cannot bear to revisit I love Christie s courage to take her PEN AND HER HIGH INTELLIGENCE INTO ANY CORNER OVER and her high intelligence into any corner Over course of this dangerous summer I came
got to I ve always liked reading Christie Blatchford She injects to I ve always liked reading Christie Blatchford She injects personal without being cloying and her point of view is often unexpected buyt always ineresting and well considerred Her approach to the war is non judgmental but not her aproach to hte troops and their families The book opens a fascinating window on our military operation in Afghanistan *Highly Recommended This Is A Pretty Good *recommended This is a pretty ood that I would wish Canadians would read Blatchford Reine Mädchensache goes to Afghanistan with our troopsoes on operations with them and reports what she sees She is able to bring her usual precise and pointed pen to what she sees in order to bring back the Animal Babies good the bad and the ugly This is theood and the bad of this bookIn my opinion Blatchford brings her usual writing style She focuses on individual and small team activities and brings expertise and pathos to these stories The Canadian army is performing with skill and professionalism in both fighting the Taliban and helping Afghani civilians What we are doing we are doing well Unfortunately she brings little overview as to whether we are doing the right things or are there other things we should be doing Are there productive things we could be doing for the Afghans in eneral or to reduce any anti west bias I was disappointed that having the space available in a book that she does not have in her usual column that the author chose not to expand into than merely what happened She has on and covered why and what should happen I was disappointed that she did not do of that in this bookThree stars if you are interested in only what our army did and less about the politics and why they did it. Long before she made her first trip to Afghanistan as an embedded reporter for The Globe and Mail Christie Blatchford was already one of Canada’s most respected and eagerly read journalists Her vivid prose her unmistakable voice her ability to connect emotionally with her subjects and readers her hard won and hard nosed skills as a reporter–these had already established her as a household name But with her many reports from Afghanistan and in dozens of interviews with the returned members of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia.
Christie Blatchford ↠ 2 ReviewWise be aware of It s definitely worth reading about and celebrating the courage self sacrifice and dedication of CF troops fighting in post 911 Afghanistan The author should also be commended for putting herself in harm s way to bring this important story forwardThat being said the book itself is so poorly written that there were countless times I considered putting it down in frustration If not for the subject matter this would easily be a 2 star book The narrative is disjointed and clumsy and as a work of boots on the round journalism it s extremely lacking in the fundamentals you ll find in other works of war reportingThe author s attempt to shoehorn herself into the narrative is also jarring and further muddies the already confusing prose which is replete with far too many overlapping names acronyms and historical background It s easily one of the most sloppy works of non fiction I ve ever readThat being said if you re willing to plow through the weak writing and clunky narrative structure there s an incredible story underneath that speaks to the true heroism of Canada s modern day military men and women I m a big fan of Christie Blatchford She is a reat advocate for the Canadian Armed Forces and speaks her mind at every opportunity to defend those who serve Each vignette was interesting and engaging as she assimilated within the companies of troops with whom she *shared her time You ll see those who uestion the accuracy of some of the events It didn *her time You ll see those who uestion the accuracy of some of the events It didn happen like that etc but put in perspective she was telling the story in as positive a light as she can iven the circumstances These are our soldiers who put their bodies on the line for our nation and she has told their stories I loved this book The only reason I ave it a four star because I wish there was a tree of command with whose who on it because it starts to et confusing The stories alone were very emotional and the way they were told was so well done The organization of the book was also excellent and was one of the best parts
s just a well written boo. O confront fear and danger in the battlefield their loyalty towards each other and the heartbreak occasioned by the loss of one of their own Grounded in insights ained over the course of three trips to Afghanistan in 2006 and drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews not only with the servicemen and women with whom she shared so much but with their commanders and family members as well Christie Blatchford creates a detailed complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty first century From the Hardcover editi. ,it s just
Or what other choices were available Christie takes you on the battlefield and shows the readers the honorable warriors of Canada A short life history is iven on each lost soldier and their families and how they were remembered by their units Units from across Canada from every province the Pats Seaforth Highlanders as well as the *Calgary Highlanders are my family units Being born in Calgary when the page came up to honor of Capt *Highlanders are my family units Being born in Calgary when the page came up to honor of Capt Kathleen Sarah Goddard came up it I recall that day in 2006 when Calgary fell silent and honored this brave FOO A Hear the Wolves great read you will read every word and feel therief of their loss Nonfiction a moving account of her time embedded with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan You can tell she loves her soldiers and they seem to respect her Joy sadness and regret as she recounts her contacts with the men and women of our armed forcesToo many Canadian references to mentionPharmacy reference a military wife has her first shift at a local pharmacy and then finds out her husband has died WOW This book Valors Measure gave me alimpse into the Canadian military and what they are doing in Afghanistan It s not an easy read as it s full of military terms and death but I thought it was extremely well done Journalist Christie Blatchford does an excellent job She is able to step aside and let her subjects talk and doesn t hide the fact that she has respect for the military and the men who serve in itMy brother joined the military two years ago and my pacifist parents and I have struggled to understand this decision and his new way of life I had a little understanding after finishing this bookGoing to write one of my columns about this I enjoyed this book as a mother of a canadian soldierwho just happens to be mentioned in the bookit ave me an insight to what these young men and women experienced day to day It made me cry LAUGH THINK AND THEN CRY AGAIN BUT WORTH and and then cry again but worth minute Incredible story Terrible writing I m iving this book a 4 star rating because I think it s an important story that many Canadians may not other. ’s Canadian Light Infantry and others back at home she found the subject she was born to tackle Her reporting of the conflict and her deeply empathetic observations of the men and women who wear the maple leaf are words for the ages fit to stand alongside the nation’s best writing on warIt is a testament to Christie Blatchford’s skills and integrity that along with the admiration of her readers she won the respect and trust of the soldiers They share breathtakingly honest accounts of their desire to serve their willingness