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Blood Brothers

Among the Soldiers of Ward 57

By Michael Weisskopf

Blood Brothers
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2006,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2007,
    336 pages.

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A powerful account of eighteen months in the lives of three soldiers and a journalist, all patients in Ward 57

This is a hard-hitting, down to earth piece of reporting by Time correspondent Weisskopf who, in one swift moment, moved from reporting on the story, to becoming the story. He had returned to Iraq to report for Time Magazine's 2003 Person of the Year feature (The American Soldier), but he found himself shipping home sooner than expected with 26 other wounded ("enough men for a platoon") on the regular casualty airlift - which leaves Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights - some of whom were destined for Ward 57, the specialist ward for male amputees at the military's Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington; and, thanks to some high level dealing, Weisskopf joined them, becoming the first civilian to be treated on the ward.

If you're looking for a gung-ho story of military heroism, or a polemic on the Iraqi War, Blood Brothers is not for you - it is not a political book and while...

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