Heart of War
In 2005 and 2006, Damon conducted interviews with U.S. veterans of the War in Iraq to write a book that eventually became Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq. Using these interviews as source material, he later wrote Shock & Awe: A Play in Two Acts.
Over the course of several drafts, Read more…
Why post something that happened three years ago?
In the first place, we never saw this before.
In the second place, actor Garrett Hendricks helped develop “Shock & Awe.” He’s a friend and an excellent artist, and you’ll like what he does with this role.
Thirdly, and most important by far: the problems faced by U.S. veterans returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to weigh heavily on the American spirit.
And what’s being done about it? Not nearly enough. Read more…
Damon and a guest who survived the destruction of the North Tower at the World Trade Center will join Premiere Radio Networks for a national radio tour scheduled for Friday morning, 9/9/11. Time slots are as follows:
Talk about a great honor.
I was recently contacted again byÂ John Churcher from Massachusetts. You may recall that John’s beenÂ who’s working to build a library for the newly commissioned USS New York.
The library John’s putting together started out with 9/11-related topics. That’s why he originally asked for copies of my book Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11. But the effort’s been such a colossal success that John’s now expanding the library’s scope to include books that explore the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And of course Hear of War fits that bill pretty well.
Thanks for asking, John. It’s a pleasure to take part in such aÂ worthwhile venture.
Artist Emily PrinceÂ has a show going on at London’s Saatchi Gallery called
The idea for the show is as simple as it is powerful: to sketch the faces of American casualties of war in the Middle East.Â
In conjunction with Ms. Prince’s work, CultureKiosque also reviewed my book, “Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq.”Â They said:
“Damon DiMarco has assembled an unflinching compilation â€” first person narratives of returning military personnel â€” that personalizes Americaâ€™s involvement in Iraq in a manner all-too-rarely covered by mainstream media. Ignorance, political duplicity, corporate greed and corruption, incompetence, right-wing cynicism, marital infidelity, sexual abuse and the dishearteningly widespread indifference to the existential and medical needs of war veterans are among the issues documented here. Whether voiced by naÃ¯ve farm kids, street smart city dwellers or the sons and daughters of Americaâ€™s elite, the accounts of horrors, brutality and pathos are relentless and devastating.
Order Heart of War by clicking the book cover below.
This probably should have been discussed a while back. Better late than never, I guess.
Last June, I was walking around the Book Expo of America in the Jacob Javits Center here in New York. I passed by a table filled with galleys for a bookÂ called Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq. The author was someone named Michael Anthony.
I was intrigued. I took a copy. One of the great things about BEA: free books!
Here’s the spooky part: I got home that day and found anÂ e-mail waiting for me from a guy namedÂ – you guessed it – Michael Anthony.
Michael wasÂ an Army medic in Iraq. Mass Casualties is his memoir about the experience. He wasÂ asking if I’d be willing to read his book and offer a quote. He said he could have the publishers send a copy right away.
I looked down at his book, which was on my desk, andÂ typedÂ out myÂ response.Â “As luck would have it? Sending a copy won’t be necessary…”Â
Weird that I’d picked up the galley that very afternoon.
Long story short, here’s the quote I eventually offered:
â€œCompelling. Frank. Funny. Disturbing. Michael Anthony loses his innocence in a slow motion train wreck you canâ€™t help but watch. Mass Casualties opens up a brand new conversation on the War in Iraq.â€
Author of Heart of War: Soldiersâ€™ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq
Mass CasualtiesÂ came out in October or November of 2009. So . . . why would I mention it now?Â Two very good reasons:
First, my lovely new website allows me to post news of this sort. So I’m posting it. So there.
Second (and much more importantly), Mass Casualties is a good read. Michael’s done a fine job. His book creates a generous and highly-specific thread inÂ the tapestry depicting the lives of modern U.S. soldiers.
If you’re interested in that sort of thing, pick up a copy of Mass Casualties. I bet you won’t be sorry. You can order a copy by clicking on the book’s cover above, or by clicking here.Â
And it goes without saying that you should also pick up copy of Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq. Click the book’s cover below. An e-book edition is now available.