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.