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How does someone who has fought in a war come home, especially after a tour of duty marked by near-daily mortar attacks, enemy fire, and roadside bombs? Roman Diaz, from the perspective of the home front. There his platoon experienced extraordinarily heavy casualties during the height of the Iraqi insurgency. That unit has since become the focus of considerable media attention following events that made headlines in the summer of This added layer gives her narrative broader meaning, bringing home the impact of war in general on those who fight and on those who love them.
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Please try again later. I just finished my 1st 4. This is really an amazing book. It's one of the books featured by Silicon Valley Reads this year. Sue Diaz's Minefields of the Heart: A Mother's Stories of a Son at War is a non-fiction account of being the mother of a son who has 2 one-year tours of duty in Iraq. It is extremely poignant and certainly gives this reader an inside view of what it must be like for families who have sons and daughters in war zones.
In fact, my draft number, , was called that year remember that they had stopped giving deferments to college students in I would have been drafted. So, fortunately, my parents were able to avoid the angst and anxiety that Sue and her husband, Roman Sr. I feel fortunate about that.
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And as far as my own children are concerned, by the time my oldest, Josh who's now 36 , was of draft age, they had eliminated the draft and gone to an all-volunteer army. That makes Sue's book all the more amazing; that it can bring out such empathy for an experience that I and my parents didn't have.
Lest you think that this book only dwells on the war and its ramifications for the family back home, let me tell you that there's a lot more to it. And thank goodness for that. I don't know if I could read pages of war reporting. I think that would be really tough. So how does Sue get around that? Well, she uses several clever devices for turning the attention in a slightly different direction. My favorite trick of hers is having Roman Jr. There are 5 of them. They are very fun and funny. Another one of Sue's devices is to have a Mr.
Hyde to her Dr. Lucinda, Sue's alter ego, is with Sue at various outings and argues with her about what to buy and who to talk to and what to say. I enjoyed the back-and-forth that Sue established with Lucinda. And I enjoyed seeing what Sue wrote in their Christmas card craftings.
She photoshopped pictures of the family on small, stick figures. So there's a big head on a little body. Then she would give the news of the year. Obviously, the years when Roman Jr. But the letters are never maudlin or depressing. She always gives a positive report, no matter how she is feeling at the time. I enjoyed reading those letters too. Despite all of these diversions, there's no way to avoid what went on in Iraq. Every day in their local paper in San Diego , there was a listing of dead and wounded from that area. Sue talks about how it felt every time there was a knock on the door, where she worried that it would be 2 Army officers to give them notification of Roman Jr.
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Buy the eBook Price: Available in Russia Shop from Russia to buy this item. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! How does someone who has fought in a war come home, especially after a tour of duty marked by near-daily mortar attacks, enemy fire, and roadside bombs? With a journalist's eye and a mother's warmth, Sue Diaz asks these questions as she chronicles the two deployments to Iraq of her son, Sgt. Roman Diaz, from the perspective of the home front. Sergeant Diaz's second deployment put him south of Baghdad in the region aptly termed the Triangle of Death. There his platoon experienced extraordinarily heavy casualties during the height of the Iraqi insurgency.
That unit has since become the focus of considerable media attention following events that made headlines in the summer of This added layer gives her narrative broader meaning, bringing home the impact of war in general on those who fight and on those who love them.
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Minefields of the Heart is a story of innocence lost, understanding gained, and hope reaffirmed. In addition to veterans and their families, this book will appeal to anyone who wants to understand war's impact on individuals as well as on the fabric of our society. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Overall rating No ratings yet. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot.