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Redeployment

by Phil Klay

Redeployment by Phil Klay X
Redeployment by Phil Klay
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    Mar 2014, 304 pages
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    Feb 2015, 304 pages

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Rledeployment talks about war in a different way than some books do. It doesn't talk about what the war was as much as the human sense of what it felt like and what it did to people both in the field and at home. This book shows stories of how the war affected people and that when they came home the war was just starting. The emotional war. Klay, like O'Brien and his book "the things they carried" shows the thoughts that rattled in the minds of the soldiers during the time of war.
Redeployment is a collection of stories from soldiers, some in Iraq still and some at home. They show the way that the war affected there choices, and how it shaped them into the people that they are. It also talks about how there is the struggle of not wanting to go back home now that they have been out in the field. When they get home they often feel very out of place without their fellow soldiers around them.
Throughout this book we see the sacrifice that these soldiers make. "You risked your life for something bigger than yourself. How many people can say that? You chose to serve. Maybe you didn't understand American foreign policy or why we were at war. Maybe you never will. But it doesn't matter. You held your hand up and said 'I'm willing to die for these worthless civilians.' "
Redeployment was a very good book to read, however I do suggest it for more mature audiences. There is language and it is an emotional read because it shows the truth of what war did to the people in the field and at home.
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