This book wasn’t difficult. Moore has become a public figure, though he needed an Oscar speech to become the household name he is nowadays. Everyone seems to have an opinion about him and his work, yet few really know him or his work.
This book is a direct result of his fame. Everyone who disagrees with the president (quite a few at the moment) feels that through Moore their discontentment can easily be released. When soldiers started writing to Moore from Afghanistan and Iraq, the concept was clear. People need to know about this, so compile the letters and call it a book.
The book consists of four different parts. First soldiers writing about what is wrong with the war. Secondly more soldiers, just not those in Iraq but elsewhere on the planet. Then letters from veterans from former wars and finally the ones close to the soldiers give us their opinions.
I’m afraid the book wasn’t everything I expected. Okay, so I got confirmation of the fact that most soldiers do not support the case they are fighting for. Apart from that it seems that the impression that not even the US army has any idea why they are in Iraq is correct.
I was already halfway into the book, when I finally read the first letter that actually touched me. “Death in Iraq has a face” by Margaret Reimer. The subject says a lot: “President Bush killed my student today”. She tells Moore about her former student who went to Iraq. His wife is still a student of her. Very touchingly she describes how she got to know the couple and how much his death affects her life. Only a few more letters like this have made it into the final edit of this book.
Interesting book. As often before, I am still wondering why some people seem to think that violence can be a solution for problems.