“. . . DiMarco has assembled 18 Iraq war testimonies of soldiers ranging from a West Point educated tanker who was early into Baghdad to truck drivers who have been targets for improvised explosive devices. Those interviewed include a high proportion of highly intelligent people, whose essential work, which often involved dealing directly with Iraqi culture, is seldom publicized, and they exemplify a panoply of those returning from Iraq — career military, disgruntled and life-disrupted recalled reservists, victims of broken marriages and of contamination by depleted uranium particles, and male and female enlistees who have finally filled their military contracts and are home, they hope, to stay. DiMarco’s respect for his interviewees and sidebars on weapons and tactics (some rather chilling and even appalling) further distinguish this addition to Iraq war literature.”

– American Library Association

“Damon DiMarco has assembled an unflinching compilation of first person narratives of returning military personnel that personalizes America’s involvement in Iraq in a manner all-too-rarely covered by mainstream media . . . Whether voiced by farm kids, street smart city dwellers, or the sons and daughters of America’s elite, the accounts of horrors, brutality and pathos are relentless and devastating.”

– CultureKiosque

 

*** Testimonies from “Heart of War” were used to create “Shock & Awe: A Play in Two Acts.”