Friday, November 30, 2012

Military Books #9 and 10: A look back at the Taliban and "Red Cambodia"

Military Book # 9


Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book will grab you up and place you right back into September 11th, 2001, and then into America's response with special forces shortly thereafter.  Excellent, I couldn't put it down, but I couldn't help but feel a little flat at the end of the book just because of where we are today.  I was glad that there was an epilogue that discusses the facts of the war today and some opinions of why we are where we are.

"Military" Book #10

In the Shadow of the Banyan

I am still reading this, but really enjoy it so far, so I wanted to include it in my November reviews of Military books.  It is really more of a War Story than Military, but is definitely worth a look, and will probably take you someplace you've never been, unless you have watched The Killing Fields, but that isn't really fair because I believe this book has something far different to offer.  Here is what the publisher says:


"For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus."

And, just as extra encouragement to read this book -- here is the embedded video by the author explaining her very own experience in this war and her thoughts on the book.  A Real Experience, Made into a Fictional Story -- In the Shadow of the Banyan


SO . . . My military month is finished.  It was Exhausting but so worth it.  And, to quote Forest Gump: "That's all I have to say about that!"  (Aren't you glad?)  

Hope you all had a lovely November. 






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