Outside the Wire

Outside the Wire

The War in Afghanistan in the Words of Its Participants

Book - 2007
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A remarkable collection of first-hand accounts written by soldiers, doctors and aid workers on the front lines of Canada's war in Afghanistan. Visceral, intimate and captivating in ways no other telling could be, Outside the Wire features nearly two dozen stories by Canadians on the front lines in Afghanistan, including the previously unpublished letters home of Captain Nichola Goddard, the first female NATO soldier killed in combat, and an introductory reflection by Romeo Dallaire. Collected here are stories of battle and the more subtle engagements of this little-understood war: the tearful farewells; the shock of immersion into a culture that has been at war for thirty years; looking a suicide bomber in the eye the moment before he strikes; grappling with mortality in the Kandahar Field Hospital; and the unexpected humour that leavens life in a warzone. Throughout each piece the passion of those engaged in rebuilding this shattered country shines through, a glimmer of optimism and determination so rare in multinational military actions-and so particularly Canadian. In Outside the Wire, award-winning author Kevin Patterson and co-editor Jane Warren have rediscovered the valour and horror of sacrifice in this, the definitive account of the modern Canadian experience of war.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House, c2007
ISBN: 9780307356260
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 OUT
Characteristics: xii, 298 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Warren E. Jane
Patterson, Kevin 1964-


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Nov 15, 2009

The book provides a close look at the personal experiences of the war in Aphganistan, providing perspective and relevance to Canadians who would have no other experience than the press.
It would be a good read for anyone interested in the contributions of truly extra-ordinary Canadians who are serving their country and its ideals.

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