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This expert piece of journalism by a brave man about brave men follows three soldiers and a reporter through eighteen months on Ward 57 Walter Reed's amputee wing The Washington Post Time magazine's Michael Weisskopf was riding through Baghdad in the back of a US Army Humvee when he heard a metallic thunk Looking down he spotted a small object inches from his feet an. I couldn t put this book down Weisskopf a journalist for Time Magazine has fast paced sound bite style that kept my attention for the entire book While covering a story in Ira Weisskopf lost his hand in a grenade explosion His narrative covers his and his acuaintances recoveries in Walter Reed s Ward 57 As the first civilian to be treated at Walter Reed Weisskopf walks a thin line between friend and reporter while probing into the details of the events that led to his peers amputations This book is a great read no matter what your political leaning or your stance on the warFrom my perspective as a young educated anti war liberal it can sometimes feel impossible to identify with or understand the motivations and feelings of someone that enlists in the military I think this book does a very good job of revealing the personalities of a few US soldiers and making it easier to sympathize with them It showed me that heroism is real and it can be found in the actions of a soldier who fought in a war that I think wasn t worth waging

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Blood Brothers Among the Soldiers of Ward 57

Ing that would follow his release Blood Brothers is the story of this difficult passageĀ—a story that begins with healthy men heading off to war and continues through the months in Ward 57 as they prepare for a different life than the one they left A chronicle of devastation and recovery this is a deeply affecting portrait of the private aftermath of combat casualtie. An inside look at the aftermath psychologically emotionally spiritually and physically of soldiers who sacrificed life and limb in the war Interesting point of view from a US reporter who was imbedded in the war and injured while riding with soldiers He tells his story as well as others from injury through the rehabrecovery process As a therapist it was cool to read about what our patients might really think about us and the impact we have on their recovery

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D reached down to take it in his hand Then everything went black Weisskopf lost his hand and was sent to Ward 57 at Walter Reed Medical Center the wing reserved for amputees There he met soldiers Pete Damon Luis Rodriguez and Bobby Isaacs alongside whom he navigated the bewildering process of recovery and began reconciling life before that day in Baghdad with everyth. 45 starsThis was an interesting memoirbiography about four men who lost limbs due to the war in Ira Author Weisskopf was a journalist temporarily in Ira when he received the injury that caused the loss of his right hand The other three men in the book were soldiers who around the same time but caught in different battles lost arms or legs All four end up together in Walter Reed Medical Center s Ward 57 where military amputees are treated and rehabbedThe book covers the physical pain especially of phantom limb syndrome the adjustment to the technology of artificial limbs and the emotional distress of a changing sense of power and self image Further Weisskopf grapples with whether his action which saved the lives of others was actually heroic as others claim or purely instinctual Meanwhile one of the other men agonizes over whether he himself was responsible for the accident that caused the loss of his arms and killed a fellow soldierAs a journalist Weisskopf does a good job of reporting and fact checking and interesting tidbits are scattered throughout the book For example battlefield medicine during the Ira war saved many lives than it had in the past but created a multitude of amputees this in turn boosted the technology for smarter artificial limbs Another appeal of Weisskopf s reporting is that he stays fairly even handed about the war and President Bush Even though Weisskopf was not in general a supporter of the Ira war or Bush he also presents the soldiers divergent point of viewThe author offers up a few glimmers of humor involving his new smart artificial hand one anecdote about stopping traffic while driving and one mishap while attempting to tie a necktie All in all a well written book about a potentially difficult topic


10 thoughts on “Blood Brothers Among the Soldiers of Ward 57

  1. says:

    I couldn't put this book down Weisskopf a journalist for Time Magazine has fast paced sound bite style that kept my attention for the entire book While covering a story in Ira Weisskopf lost his hand in a grenade explosion His narrative covers his and his acuaintances' recoveries in Walter Reed's Ward 57 As the first civilian to be treated at Walter Reed Weisskopf walks a thin line between friend and reporter while probing into

  2. says:

    This is a true story about a journalist who lost his hand while covering the war and was subseuently rehabbed at Walter Reed the first civilian to have done this The book follows his journey as well as a few other

  3. says:

    Amputees wandered in all day to pull up a chair at the crossroads of industry and medicine They came for repairs They came for fittings and bat

  4. says:

    These soliders are true American heroswe need support all amputees of this endless war on terror

  5. says:

    When Time magazine reporter Michael Weisskopf went to Ira to do a cover story on the US soldier as Time's Person of the Year for 2003 he came back with the story of a lifetime Problem is it wasn't the cover story It was a story that came from losing his right hand to a grenadereturnreturnAs the first reporter wounded in a war ever

  6. says:

    45 starsThis was an interesting memoirbiography about four men who lost limbs due to the war in Ira Author Weisskopf was a journalist temporarily in Ira when he received the injury that caused the loss of his right hand The other three men in the book were soldiers who around the same time but caught in different battles lost arms or legs All four end up together in Walter Reed Medical Center's Ward 57 where

  7. says:

    Must read book for every civilan to have a brief glimpse at what our wounded soliders endure for our freedoms I worked on Ward 57 for 18 months It was a humbling and rewarding experience This book brings to life how an amputee feels and the r

  8. says:

    I borrowed this from the library to be part of my 'Vintage 57' reading challenge and was pleasantly surprised to find it interesting and very readable The author is a journalist who went to report on the American presence in Ira and while travelling with a group of soldiers lost his right hand to a grenadeThe book details

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    An inside look at the aftermath psychologically emotionally spiritually and physically of soldiers who sacrificed life an

  10. says:

    This book is an in depth look into the lives of those soldiers and journalists who have been wounded at war Weisskopf brings a uniue perspective to his recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center being the first non military person to be treated there This book is a great read regardless of your opinion of the war