Friday, October 13, 2006

Shattered limbs, shattered lives

Shattered limbs, shattered lives
A former embedded reporter writes about the psychological struggles of war amputees
By Cheryl Truman
Michael Weisskopf still wonders about the grenade.
He saw it for only a few moments that night in December 2003, while he was sitting in the back of a Humvee, on patrol with a platoon of the Army's 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. He picked it up and realized it was hot. Then everything changed.
Blood Brothers: Among the Soldiers of Ward 57 (Henry Holt, $25) is not really a book about war, but about war's unseen aftermath: the shattered bodies of soldiers, the lives they have to reinvent around their missing limbs.


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