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Beautiful and intimate, 15 Mar. 2013
This is a very intimate portrayal of the Iraq War from the perspectives of those who were on the frontline. Metson-Scott's intimate portraits and the snippets of soldiers' stories are intensely personal and we are able to feel the effects of this disastrous war on those who are often seen as perpetrators of it. What I like about this book is that it isn't overly sympathetic and doesn't present the soldiers always as victims, but instead shows the complexities of people, shifting between 'good' and 'bad' behaviours when the difference between what was right and wrong may not always have been so clear for these soldiers. This, it appears is what the title of the book is referring too. In and amongst all the more political and text heavy books on the Iraq War, this book allows you to pause and reflex on the very human experiences and emotions of those who experienced it first hand. Highly recommended!