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Ruff's War: A Navy Nurse on the Frontline in Iraq by [Roper, K. Sue, Ruff, Cheryl Lynn]
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About the Author

Cmdr. Cheryl L. Ruff, a certified nurse anesthetist, retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 following her final tour of duty in Iraq. She is the author of several articles published in nursing journals. Cmdr. K. Sue Roper, who spent twenty-one years as a Navy Nurse, is the Editor-in-Chief of the NNCA News, the official news magazine of the Navy Nurse Corps Association.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1855 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591147395
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 2nd edition (15 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR9TCI4
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 23 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing first hand look at Iraq and war 27 Dec. 2005
By Ann M. Macpherson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Ruff's War" is a great read --- it's a true story of a nurse on the front lines in Iraq. Having been a Navy nurse myself during the VietNam war, I heard many accounts of military nurses during that war. But this is my first read about Iraq. I found it to be truly a terrific book. It was like reading Cheryl's personal diary of her every day encounters and struggles while serving in Iraq. I kept thinking that this was a relatively short time in that country. And I try to imagine what it must be like for the military who are there for a much greater amount of time. Reading about her experiences has given me a look at how much those soldiers must endure daily for perhaps a year or more. It makes me wonder how any human being can survive living in that country under those conditions and fighting for their lives and others at the same time.

Obviously, Cheryl survived to return home, landing in the U.S. under her own ability to walk off that airplane. Reading about the war, makes me appreciate more what these men and women do for our country every day. It helps me know that they deserve much credit and support for their efforts and also makes me very sad to know that there are some who only return home in body bags. I'm very patriotic and proud of our troops. As an ex-Navy nurse, I applaud all they do and am proud to read of Cheryl's "adventures" in Iraq knowing she served our country and did what she needed to do. A terrifying time indeed but she gave us insight into that war and our military's endurance and dedication.

I'm so glad I read this book. Cheryl is from my home town area, grew up in my church in PA----a home town girl "done proud". Thank you for sharing your story of inspiration and struggles. It was an amazing read.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 20 Jun. 2007
By HM2 (FMF/CAC) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was not impressed with this book at all. As a hospital corpsman who has served in Iraq I couldn't help but laugh at the complaints of CDR Ruff. We all endured the same situations in Iraq and unfortunately some of us had to be deployed for a lot longer then 122 days. I picked up the book excited to read about someone elses perspective on the war, I was very disappointed to read only about how miserable one person was on her very brief deployment. Iraq is what you make of it, and complaining only makes it worse. Don't get me wrong I have great respect for the patient care but thats where my apprectiation for this book ends.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story from the Front Lines 15 Nov. 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We are now beginning to see the first person reports of people coming back from serving in Iraq. It's only when you start to get the books that you can begin to make sense out of what's happening. The newspapers and especially the television reports are so brief, so headline oriented that you can't get the real story. And it will be ten or more years before the history books come out to put the whole story of the war into perspective.

Cdr. Ruff's story is one of a Navy nurse operating in close support to the Marines during the invasion of Iraq. She served with the 'Devil Docs' made famous by the embedded reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta an embedded correspondent from CNN. This unit performed numerous surgeries under trying conditions on Marines, Iraqi prisoners of war, and Iraqi civilians. Cdr. Ruff was with the unit during the most crucial times during the war.

Her story is filled with factual notes, and more important gives the overall feelsings of an American serving in Iraq.

Good Reading.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 12 Feb. 2006
By A. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was awesome! As a future Navy nurse myself, I found that I was feeling each moment as she wrote about it. I felt her desire to go home every day, and at the end, I felt her passion for what she did, how proud she was, and how every moment was worth it. It was inspirational, and eye opening. Cdr Roper did an excellent job in relaying Crd Ruff's story. I highly recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like a kids book 28 Jan. 2013
By Myzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was in the Navy myself. So I thought this would be a very cool book. NO. All she did was complain about the sand and heat. Don't buy it. It's written in a manner that is for Jr. high school.
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