Outside the Wire : American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan (Reprint)


Outside the Wire : American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan (Reprint)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 148 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780813936611
  • DDC分類 920

Full Description

A riveting collection of thirty-eight narratives by American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Outside the Wire offers a powerful evocation of everyday life in a war zone. Christine Dumaine Leche - a writing instructor who left her home and family to teach at Bagram Air Base and a forward operating base near the volatile Afghan-Pakistani border - encouraged these deeply personal reflections, which demonstrate the power of writing to battle the most traumatic of experiences.The soldiers whose words fill this book often met for class with Leche under extreme circumstances and in challenging conditions, some having just returned from dangerous combat missions, others having spent the day in firefights, endured hours in the bitter cold of an open guard tower, or suffered a difficult phone conversation with a spouse back home. Some choose to record momentous events from childhood or civilian life - events that motivated them to join the military or that haunt them as adults. Others capture the immediacy of the battlefield and the emotional and psychological explosions that followed. These soldiers write through the senses and from the soul, grappling with the impact of moral complexity, fear, homesickness, boredom, and despair.We each, writes Leche, require witnesses to the narratives of our lives. Outside the Wire creates that opportunity for us as readers to bear witness to the men and women who carry the weight of war for us all.

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           xi
Brian Turner
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xxiii
SPC Chantal Ogaldez
Spring 1 (2)
SFC Billy Wallace
Deployment 3 (3)
Karbala, Iraq 6 (4)
SGT Catherine Lorfils
How Every Soldier Leaves 10 (4)
PFC Anonymous Female
They Were Just Kids 14 (3)
SGT Jarrell Robinson
Meltdown 17 (3)
SGT Sean Moore
Sat Phone Black Op 20 (3)
SPC Karl Mulling
One Hell of a Long Day 23 (5)
Marie Mulling
Protection 28 (1)
Our Lives Today 29 (2)
PV2 Anonymous Female
Coincidence 31 (2)
SFC Michael Bramlett
B-Hut Blues 33 (2)
SPA Michal Sakautzki
Bombed 35 (5)
SGT Latayna Orama
The Hardest Good-bye 40 (2)
SGT Kevin Zimmerman
Routine Mission 42 (6)
PVT Veneta White
A Woman, a Boxer 48 (2)
SGT Jose Githens
Little Girl, Run... It's Not Safe Here 50 (4)
SGT Anonymous Male
Death through a 9x Scope 54 (3)
SGT Christopher Williams
My Great Sadness 57 (4)
SGT Michael Diggs
800 West Ash Street 61 (5)
SGT Jessie Evans
Busted 66 (1)
Disappointment 66 (1)
One More Day 67 (5)
SGT Elether Fareaux
I Would Rather Die in Afghanistan 72 (7)
PVT Emily Anderson
A Moment of Silence 79 (2)
SPC J.J. Saldana
Words Unspoken 81 (2)
SSG Trina Priddy
Freedom 83 (3)
SPC Anonymous Male
The Big Bang 86 (8)
PVT Eneshia Myles
He's Gone 94 (3)
SGT Benjamin Lowery
Another Day in Paradise 97 (3)
A1C Nicolas Gonzalez
Journal Entries 100 (4)
SGT Jeffrey Lambert
Field of Fire 104 (3)
TSGT Jonathon Lemaster
New Parents Day 107 (3)
SGT Josh Wyly
Roses 110 (3)
SGT Joseph Colvin
Moving On 113 (1)
SGT Dan Yoke
Anna Maria 114 (2)
SPC Andrew Stock
On the Shoulders of Dead Men 116 (8)
SPC Andrew Stock
The Hate 124 (5)
Soldiers Tell Why Writing Classes in a War Zone 129 (2)
On Teaching Writing to Soldiers and Veterans 131 (10)
Writing Prompts 141 (6)
List of Abbreviations and Military Ranks 147