* A compelling and emotional insight into the daily routine of an exceptional marine, tasked with recovering the remains of fallen soldiers in Iraq In 2008, CBS' Chief Foreign Correspondent, Lara Logan, candidly speculated about the human side of the war in Iraq: Tell me the last time you saw the body of a dead American soldier. What does that look like? Who in America knows what that looks like? Because I know what that looks like, and I feel responsible for the fact that no one else does - A" Logan's query raised some important yet ignored questions: How do the remains of service men and women get from the dusty roads of Fallujah to the flag-covered coffins at Dover Air Force Base? And what does the gathering of those remains tell us about the nature of modern warfare and about ourselves? These questions are the focus of Jess Goodell's story, Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq. Jess enlisted in the Marines immediately after graduating from high school in 2001, and in 2004 she volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps' first officially declared Mortuary Affairs unit in Iraq. Her platoon was tasked with recovering and processing the remains of fallen soldiers. With sensitivity and insight, Jess describes her job retrieving and examining the remains of fellow soldiers lost in combat in Iraq, and the psychological intricacy of coping with their fates, as well as her own. Death assumed many forms during the war, while the challenge of maintaining one's own humanity could be difficult. Tasked with diagramming the outlines of the fallen, if a part was missing she was instructed to shade it black.A" This insightful memoir describes the challenges she faced, both in terms of gender discrimination and the alienation felt by all members of the MA, who were sometimes avoided by others. In short, a defining wartime experience which should never be forgotten.
The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen. After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town's bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett's transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look ...at the building and the man behind it. With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett's happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time. It's no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next ...
After the devastating Second World War America was not a nation enthusiastic about sending its men and women into yet another bloody maelstrom. Unfortunately circumstances proved otherwise. This dramatic compilation details the causes and effects of "proxy wars" fought between two politically divergent superpowers on neutral soil in a foreign land; the effects these "undeclared" wars have on the collective national psyches of the soldiers that fight them and the leaders that orchestrate them; and their tragic reverberations for decades to come. ; ; Korean War: (June 25 1959 - July 27 1953 armistice signed war never officially ended) ; Explore how the tiny Asian country of Korea was divided in the aftermath of World War II and how the cold war politics between the United States and the Soviet Union led to a brutal conflict known as the "forgotten war." Supreme Commander General Douglas MacArthur's dispute with President Truman on the "end game" and his forced resignation are explored. And how new strategies developed; the evolution of tactical guerilla war and entertaining the actual use of nuclear weapons on battlefields as viable deterrents. ; ; Vietnam War: (September 26 1959 - April 30 1975) ; The Vietnam conflict was the longest war in American history - a conflict whose burden became unbearable and fraught with hard lessons. Explore why the most powerful nation in the world could not obtain victory over Ho Chi Minh and the communist North Vietnamese. Beginning with the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 to the TET Offensive the war perpetually escalated. Meanwhile devastating strategic and political incompetence and divisive anti-war protests in America nearly tore the country apart and crippled a Presidency. Fifty years later the effects of which are still being felt.