And I get the impression that Kopelman fits the military guy stereotype of being emotionally removed. This book is a heart-warming tale of a Marine's self-appointed mission to rescue a stray puppy from war-torn Iraq. It's about people hanging on to a piece of goodness by focusing on a mission to rescue a dog from Iraq. I'd like to preface everything with that I loved this book. From hardened Marines to war-time journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee. I'm giving this book 5 stars because of it's raw edginess that portrays what our military has endured in Iraq and the Near East. Saving Lava kept him from completely losing his humanity.
Well written and containing 8 pages of photographs there is no secret to Lava's outcome but this is still an utterly fascinating story. Unwilling to destroy Lava, Kopelman decided to violate the order and smuggle the puppy out of Iraq. From hardened Marines to wartime journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy flea-ridden refugee. I was thinking this meant that it wasn't terribly compelling, but earlier today when I was sitting in a waiting room with nothing to do finally finish reading it, I had to try not to cry in great big heaving sobs, even though it would have given all the people who forgot to bring a book something to look at. You choose a contact from their list and support them with first off letters and love and if you like you can send snacks and goodies.
I found myself laughing, I found my Kopelman keeps it 'real' about the war in Iraq and the things highly trained soldiers go through, mentally, physically or otherwise. Love and hope often arrive in the strangest places and in the strangest ways. The changes in point-of-view away from Kopelman are ineffective. If you want a feel good animal biography to read with your kids, there are many other books out there that would be much more appropriate. A Marine deployed in Iraq becomes mush in the presence of a puppy and devotes the remainder of his tour to trying to ship the charismatic canine home. The joy, and sense of connection I felt was overwhelming each time.
When the story first broke a year and a half ago, one of the generals jokingly asked me for an autograph, and I've given the previous commanding general for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force a signed galley. It is as simple - and heart-warming - a tale as that. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. While the writing is not all that great, Kopelman is very honest about what the situation was in Baghdad and Fallujah during the war; it actually kind of surprised me that at times he's pretty critical of certain policies and about U. Are you our brave little toughee? He did, though, up to and including coordinating a complex plan to smuggle Lava back the States and adopt him there when he came back himself.
Bookseller: , Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom Published by Bantam Press, Transworld Publishers, 61-3 Uxbridge Road, London First Edition 2007. Very fast read and a wonderful story. Please read this book and enjoy it. Some of that may have been toned down, I don't know, but I thought what he said about soldiers being trained not to think things through, just to kill the enemy, and how something about interacting with animals like Lava made them human again made a lot of sense. They are happy just to hear from you as many of them have no family support. In September, 2004, he deployed to Iraq for six months, and in November, he and his battalion entered Fallujah and fought for the city.
I understand the need to keep soldiers able to kill other people for the sake of a country's safety and security, but to actively kill animals that some servicepeople have grown attached to is just beyond awful. From hardened Marines to war-time journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee. It brought me giggles, as well as misty eyes! I told her it was partly because I love animals and this one reminded me of a dog I loved and lost to cancer many years ago now, and partly because it brought home to me how much I still miss the Marine Corps I retired 16 years ago and have had a full and rewarding life since, but it will always be where I grew up and a second family to me. Now, after meeting Lava and letting fear in, I feel distantly related to a serial killer. Louis, Missouri, and was anxious to find a unique story angle. Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. I want to know he's breathing and leaping after dust balls and chasing imaginary enemies in his sleep.
A war memoir that will capture the hearts of its readers, just as one scruffy puppy sneaked his way into the hearts of hardened Marines just when they needed it most. I loved how honest, gritty, disturbing, warm and humane this story was. It told the tale of a war zone in a sad but open manner, and I learned a lot about the country and the conflict that I didn't know. I pray that if Lava doesn't make it through, he'll find a body somewhere in Baghdad to keep him alive for just one more day. Spending time with injured comrades and befriending a news reporter who devises a plan to get Lava out of Iraq and flown to the safety of America. I loved how honest, gritty, disturbing, warm and humane this story was.
It worked out for one dog, for which I am so happy, but all I can think about is all the other animals and people stuck in horrible places that have no option or escape. What they find during the U. The story of Lava's journey out of Iraq is exciting, but it's to Kopelman and Roth's credit that it's not nearly as harrowing as the story of what the dog left behind. From hardened soldiers to wartime journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells the unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee. Even though this story has a happy ending for Lava the puppy found in Fallujah, Iraq, the author, a Lt. Even in the middle of war-torn Iraq, a U.
The rescue attempt by Jay and When the group of Marines discovered the abandoned puppy during a mission in Fallujah, Iraq, they named the 5-week-old pup Lava — against regulations and every rule in the book, they adopted him; and every one of them fell in love with the adorable scrap of mischief. Marines endured the emotional stress common for those involved in bloody battles for freedom. No meu caso, tive que fazer várias pausas para digerir a leitura ou resmungar com alguém menos oportuno. I love that there's a happy ending there, though he certainly doesn't gloss over the fact that both he and Lava have struggles because of the things they've experienced in Iraq. Kopelman keeps it 'real' about the war in Iraq and the things highly trained soldiers go through, mentally, physically or otherwise. People who are surrounded by war, grinding poverty, disasters, and personal tragedies all have these needs in common - like the rest of humanity, just more so.