A Soldier's Story of A Forgotten War

eBook - 2016
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Shortlisted for the 2016 Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Non-Fiction Prize

Shortlisted for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

Longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2017 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature

A New York Times Notable Book of 2016

A Globe and Mail Pick for Best Canadian Non-Fiction of 2016

From an award-winning Canadian-Israeli writer comes the true story of a band of young soldiers, the author among them, charged with holding one remote outpost in Lebanon, a task that changed them forever and foreshadowed today's unwinnable conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
It was small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples that continue to emanate worldwide today. The hill was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for "casualties." Friedman's visceral narrative recreates harrowing wartime experiences in a work that is part frontlines memoir, part
journalistic reporting, part military history. The years in question were pivotal ones, and not just for Israel. They saw the perfection of a type of warfare that would eventually be exported to Afghanistan and Iraq. The new twenty-first century war is one in which there is never any clear victor, and not enough lives are lost to rally the public against it. Eventually Israel would come to realize that theirs was a losing proposition and pull out. But, of course, by then these soldiers--those who had survived--and the country had been wounded in ways large and small. Raw, powerful, beautifully rendered, the book will take its place among classic war stories such as those by George Orwell, Philip Caputo, and Vasily Grossman. Pumpkinflowers is an unflinching look, like the works of Jon Krakauer and Sebastian Junger, at the way we conduct war today.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780771036910
Characteristics: text file,rda
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JCLDianeH May 08, 2017

Written by someone who experienced firsthand the events described, this book sheds light on a little-known chapter in Israeli military history.

Dec 14, 2016

Beautifully written, sadly poetic look back at events that simultaneously were heroic and trivial; of lives lost and altered in the name of decisions and positions that in the end seem unimportant, but nevertheless profound for those who actually had to be there, on both sides of the barbed wire.

red_horse_2404 Aug 20, 2016

This book was very well written. It was very sad but really described the soldiers lives.

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