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I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story Hardcover – Nov 2003

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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1 edition (Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400042577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400042579
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,890,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides a gripping account of the life of Jessica before she was deployed to Iraq and the terrifying time she had, when her convoy was caught up in an ambush by Iraqi militia. It is so extremely well written that you will actually feel the fear as you read about her journey through the Iraqi desert and the time of the attack. It also tells of the efforts of the friends and neighbours of Jessica Lynch's family as they all helped to adapt the family home to accommodate a badly injured Jessica when she returned home. This is not a story to miss out on.
Ian Ward
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Had wanted to read this book for a while-downloaded onto my kindle and could not put down. A clear insight into the fear and terror J.Lynch went through while waiting to be rescued. The book looks at her role as a more back room provisions worker,suddenly thrown into a dangerous situation and it's consequences.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Dugmore on 30 Dec 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. It is not a thorough in depth book into the war in Iraq just the story of a young girl trying to make something of her life. Jessica did not want to live her whole life in palistine, West Virginia and instead enlisted in the army. The dreadful things that happened to her may have made her a legend in her own time, but when you read details of the aftermath and the legacy her injuries have left, you realise that she is just like you or me. It is especially interesting to read things in her own words. While the book is Ghost written by Rick Bragg there are chunks that have came from her own mouth, such as her love for Lori and Ruben and her family.
I enjoyed this book immensely but more than that I wish Jessica luck in the rest of her life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Telford on 30 Jan 2009
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This book tells the story of the "Jessica lynch" story, the US soldier who was captured in Iraq which led to her spectacular rescue mission by the US elite forces.
It's well written which is as positive as it gets for this book.

Jessica herself is a typical small town American girl, kind of shy and retiring. She was a clerk in the Army and a non-combatant.
To use a phrase coined in the Vietnam War, she was a REMF ( a highly derogatory term often used for anyone who would do anything but fight).

I just found the whole story boring, apart from the bit where she was rescued which was very well organised and carried out.
This girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time, got captured and would never have escaped if never rescued.
I just don't get the whole 'hero' status that she's been afforded ever since.
She was just an ordinary private soldier who yielded no resistance when captured. She certainly doesn't stand out as remarkable in any way.

I'm sure her ordeal was frightening, and she did suffer considerable injuries but.... this is a poor book that is well padded out to stretch a really thin story. If she wasn't female, and there had not been controversy and rumour over whether she was raped or not in captivity, there wouldn't have been a rescue mission or a book written.
I don't believe she was raped ( and to be fair to Lynch, i don't think she believes it either). I think the author threw this into the book to make it more interesting and sell better.

I expected this to be a much better read.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Give me a break 2 May 2010
By USMC Sniper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The comments about this book and Pvt. Lynch are unbelievable. When the convoy was ambushed it had become lost and entered a kill zone. The Officer leading the convoy got lost because he did not read the map correctly. When the ambush occurred the crap hit the fan. With RPG's, mortars and small arms fire going off the dark night lit up and metal was flying everywhere. In the middle of this her vehicle was hit and crashed during which she was severely injured, not wounded but injured. The initial firing was chaotic and with all troops who were still able trying to return fire the confusion grew. She stated her weapon became inoperative and while trying to clear it the crash occurred. Now I don't how many of you have ever tried to do ANYTHING while taking incoming rounds but the pucker factor joins Murphy's law and everything seems to go down hill very fast. Something as simple as a loose magazine can cause the person to go nuts trying to figure out what is wrong when people are shooting at you. Don't believe me, try it sometimes. Her injuries prevented any further action on her part and she was subsequently captured. The press release was done prior to any rescue of her or the other captives so details were either scarce or at least very limited.

Did Pvt. Jessica Lynch stand up and say she was a hero Heck NO. So get off her back. If anything I can guess that survivors said SOMEONE from either the vehicle she was in or one near it had put up a heck of a fight. With so many known dead assumptions were made in error. Only a guess. The people talking to the press were making comments based on what little info they had. Was it wrong, probably because that is the confusion of war. The reports that come in from a firefight are so confusing no one can be sure what really happened until an after action report is completed and even then there are blank spots.

I don't know her nor was I in her unit but I can say that all you morons are giving her hell when she did not do anything but get injured during the ambush and then captured. Her injuries from what I have read are ones that will cause her to suffer until the day she leaves this earth. I consider myself lucky because I have had twelve surgeries to repair damage. I can get out of bed each day albeit slowly. Running, walking distances or playing catch is a dream that will never come true again. I can say with 100 percent accuracy she remembers those injuries every day, especially when it is cold or raining. Her injuries would not have happened had it not been for the ambush so she earned what ever the military gave her. One writer complained because she received a medal. In Vietnam some Officers received a Bronze Star because they served in theater. Those with an attached "V" EARNED them in combat. I would say anyone who survived that ambush earned something except, of course, the OIC that got them lost.

Most of the comments here are obviously from people who have not "been there and done that". They reflect your bias opinions either against the war or you think she is responsible for what was said when she wasn't even there. You are talking about a young soldier involved in supply and transportation not a grunt. In the Army soldiers are taught how to shoot in boot camp. Unless they are in a fighting unit they don't train with their weapon daily because not everyone is a combat soldier. In the USMC everyone is a rifleman first and then are trained for other jobs. Weapons are something you must use every day to maintain proficiency. Every Marine can disassemble and re-assemble their weapon blindfolded in the middle of a blizzard. In the Army only soldiers in combat units could do that. Supply and transport are NOT your usual combat units although the IED's have now changed that. If you are reading this in the safety of your own home thank our military. Semper Fi.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A very good investment! 21 Dec 2003
By twickers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Jessica Lynch's book, and I enjoyed reading about her side of the story and about her family. The book has 200+ pages, and I finished it in three days. It was just too good to put down!
If you're really into politics, then this probably isn't for you. If you want to read about an intriguing young woman's life, how she was miraculously rescued (if she had been rescued even a few days later, she would have died), and how she's adjusting to her current life, I think you will find this book a worthwhile investment.
Jessica Lynch has been through alot in her short life, and I don't believe any of us have a right to be critical of her. She is a very courageous young woman. It takes a strong person to survive on such little hope, but by the grace of God and with many prayers lifting her up, she did, and she deserves our respect, not our critism.
31 of 43 people found the following review helpful
All Over But The Healing 15 Nov 2003
By H. F. Corbin - Published on Amazon.com
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Rick Bragg says that he often writes about people who step in front of a moving train. That analogy certainly works for his just released book about Jessica Lynch. I can think of no writer more qualified to tell Jessica's story than Bragg. He is a first class journalist, having won the Pulitzer, and comes from a region of the country, rural Alabama, not unlike the West Virginia where Lynch grew up. (Since I grew up in rural East Tennessee, I'll take the temerity to make that judgment.)
Although Bragg had to have written this book quickly, it does not suffer from haste or sloppy writing. Bragg doesn't waste words-- and while I miss his humor, I understand that what he is about here is serious business. His account of the ambush of the now famous ill-fated convoy from the 507th Maintenance Company captures the immediacy and horror of battle. It's as good writing about the awfulness of war as you'll read.
The narrative is slim. That's as it should be. The event in Lynch's life that the world wants to know about is her capture and what happened to her while she was a POW. There is little of that information available and we may know now most of what we'll ever know. Bragg also discusses Lynch's growing up in West Virginia as well as her immediate and extended families. Her appeal is obvious: she is hardly more than a teenager, blonde, green-eyed, fragile and, from everything Bragg says, honest. She is our daugher, sister, cousin, and rightly or wrongly, hers is the face the public most associates with the American soldier in Iraq.
Jessica Lynch does not consider herself a hero. (I'm reminded that Senator John McCain, another famous American POW, said that there was nothing heroic about getting captured by the enemy.) Bragg discusses the initial sainthood bestowed on her by the government and media and the later disillusionment in some circles because she didn't immediately disown the hype and inaccurate information that was fed to the hungry public. They expect this from a twenty year old who has had many of her bones broken and crushed, was suffering from malnutrition (it is the consensus of everybody involved that she would have died shortly if she had not been rescued by U. S. forces) and in her own words "cannot go to the bathroom." As one of her neighbors said, "She was courageous to do what she done in the first place. . . I couldn't have done it. . . How was she going to set the record straight from days of surgery and fleeting consciousness?"
If she is not a hero-- does it matter-- she comes across as a decent, brave young woman. Her best friend was Lori, a Native American, whom Bragg pays tribute to, along with Lynch's other comrades who died in that awful massacre. The Lynch family, along with the Palestine community, are decent, salt-of-the-earth types as well. I bet I could identify most of those dishes the women brought in as the family awaited news of their "baby."
Lots of potato salad and banana pudding. It was heartening to read that Mr. Lynch, Jessica's dad, said that you cannot hate a whole country, particularly since Iraqi doctors apparently gave their own blood to help keep Jessica alive and an Iraqi civilian--Mohammed Odeh-al-Rehaief risked his own life to save hers.
Whatever your feelings are about the rightness and wrongness of the U. S.'s invasion of Iraq, you have to feel empathy for this young woman. Her words "I am an American soldier too" have the ring of poetry and will be long remembered after she has had a chance to get on with her life.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An American Hero--for honesty! 14 Nov 2003
By Anthony Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm giving this book high marks not so much for the story interest, but for the former private's honesty. Here is a person who could easily have been corrupted into following the fictitious story of her plight that was presented by the government, military, and the media. Of course, this is not a book for analyzing these issues of propaganda. That will have to be done in other types of books. I have to wonder if some readers will have a negative reaction to Lynch's story because she tells the truth as she knows it. I can't say that she was a military hero since I believe that such a title should be dispensed to those who have acted above and beyond. Gratefully, she does not try to place that title upon herself. However, I do believe that she is a hero for her honesty.
18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Likable person, but not much of a story 12 Nov 2003
By Jean Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jessica appears to be a very likable person, honest about her shortcomings as a "brave soldier" she has been portrayed by the "too much in a hurry to learn the truth American media." However, I don't see the story here and feel that readers will waste their money. All they have to do is listen to the TV interviews and they will get the entire story. And, this book certainly does not give any insight into Iraq, which should have been important to the writer and the publisher. (I heard Rick Bragg say that he didn't have "time" to go into Iraq to research for the book. A shocking oversight if the writer is serious about the subject.) There are several other books that are much more compelling and give information most Americans should seek: I highly recommend "Naked in Baghdad" and "Mayada, Daughter of Iraq" over this book. I particularly liked "Mayada, Daughter of Iraq" since the subject of the writer was an Iraqi woman who had been through about everything a human being can live, all under the Saddam regime. I wish every soldier could read it, as it gives a good idea of how treasured freedom is to the Iraqis released from Saddam's mad grip.
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