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Will they ever trust us again? : letters from the war zone /
Michael Moore.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004.
xiv, 218 p. ; 23 cm.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004.
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About the Author
BIH Author Biography
Michael Moore has won an Oscar (Bowling for Columbine), an Emmy (TV Nation), a Palme d'Or at Cannes (Fahrenheit 9/11), and the British Book of the Year 2003 award (Stupid White Men). He was an Eagle Scout, a seminarian, and the first eighteen-year-old elected to public office. He has never bowled over 200.
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"Precious Money" FROM: AnonymousSENT: Monday, July 5, 2004 3:39 PMTO: mike@michaelmoore.comSUBJECT: Thank you!Mr. Moore,I am an army vet, and I served in Iraq for 11 months. My younger brother is a Marine and is in Iraq now. My mother, for obvious reasons, has had a very rough time for the past year and a half. She is an avid fan of yours and has seen your film at least five times. She hates the entire Bush administration, and I think that your movie helps her cope with her fear and anger.I've been looking around on your website today, and I'm glad to see that you have links to organizations that support the troops in Iraq and encourage people to vote. Just out of curiosity, I went to the home page for the White House and to President Bush's reelection website, and I couldn't find any link to anything that really even mentioned what the troops over there are going through. It seems that they are concerned more about the Iraqi people and their precious money than they are about the welfare of the American soldiers.Copyright copy; 2004 by Michael Moore "This Is All Bullshit" FROM: AnonymousSENT: Friday, July 9, 2004 9:54 AMTO: mike@michaelmoore.comSUBJECT: Reservist who doesn't want to go to IraqMike Moore,I am a reservist in the navy. I have been in the Reserves for 3 years and have been activated for 1 3?4 years (right after 9/11 for homeland security). I have recently been informed that I am to be activated again, but this time I will be going to Iraq. I am Seabee, and we will be building schools and hooking up electricity and water over there. I am not thrilled about this. Seven Seabees have already been killed trying to help the Iraqis. I have not had a chance to see your new movie, and my husband says that maybe I shouldn't. He thinks that it will make me angrier toward Mr. George W.I just want you to know that there are many of us reservists who think that this is all bullshit. I am not looking forward to leaving my one-year-old daughter for eight months or more to fight a battle that I believe is wrong. The Iraqis don't want our help. If they did, they would not be trying to kill us.Copyright copy; 2004 by Michael Moore
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American soldiers serve willingly. They risk their lives so the rest of us can be safe. The one small thing they ask, though, is that they not be sent into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. But after being lied to about weapons of mass destruction and about the connection between al Qaeda and Iraq; after being forced by stop-loss orders to extend their deployment; after being undertrained, underequipped, and overworked long after George Bush declared Iraq "Mission Accomplished," these soldiers have something to say. From his famous 2003 Oscar acceptance speech to his record-breaking documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. But in this book, Moore gives the spotlight to the real heroes of protest: the men and women who have fought in Iraq and want the American public to know how they feel about their mission and their commander in chief. Moore also fields letters from veterans of other wars and mothers, wives, and siblings of our soldiers in the field. They also express their anger and frustration, their tears and pain, and their hopes and prayers. Impassioned, accessible, and moving, these are letters that reveal the true hearts and minds of the men, women, and families on the front line.
This item was reviewed in:
Globe & Mail, October 2004
Los Angeles Times, October 2004
PW Annex Reviews, October 2004
USA Today, October 2004
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The bestselling author and filmmaker ("Fahrenheit 9/11") shares a slew of letters from U.S. soldiers in Iraq that he has received, which he feels obligated to publish. These letters provide a unique perspective on what it means to be a part of today's volunteer military.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Letter from Michael Pedersenp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Letters from Iraqp. 9
Letters from Our Troops Around the Worldp. 85
Letters from Veteransp. 125
Letters from Homep. 143
Epilogue: Letter from Abdul Hendersonp. 205
Appendixp. 211
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