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Actualy I found the book to be emotional at times,especially when the author breaks down why these guys do what they do,how they do it and what emotional consequences they deal with afterwards.
I did not find the book "War" to be a cold read like the 9/11 Commission Report or a FM Technical Manual.
I'm not really understanding you, Connie. "Reviewing the book and not having just seen the movie?" What does that mean? You stated in your first post that you had seen the movie. "Well reasoned and experienced book"? Not quite sure what that means either. There's a strange gap in communication here (especially in the use of the word "unlike" in the header title), but in any case....
My two cents: I agree with those who found reading the book to be an emotional experience. I actually can't imagine anyone not finding the book emotional. It gives us so much vivid and harrowing detail into the scenes we see on film, and in no way falls into the category of simple news reporting. Somehow, as much as Sebastian stands back and lets the story tell itself, you do feel his involvement, concern, caring, and investment in those words.
I'm really grateful I found the book first. I think it absolutely enhanced the film. I would have found the film mesmerizing anyway, but having already read the book, being familiar with the key "characters", and knowing a bit of the back-stories really served to deepen my enjoyment of and appreciation for the film.
C'mon now ease up on Connie a bit !. Book or movie ?. Does'nt really matter. Her son is doing the
business that most Americans won't even acknowledge. You know that as well as I do. Our questions should be directed towards the Washington, D.C. fat -cats who put these boys in harms'
way in the first place. Some even have daughters over there !. God bless and keep them all. Their
bravery and dedication is boundless. You all know that as well.
Jim Hefferon / Elizabeth, New Jersey
I hope you are doing good today....It must be hard having one son a VET and another being there in the Middle East for whatever length of time he may be deployed there....I have been reading the book and as Katarina said..I find it highly emotional, so open and cut to the core...I am digesting the detailed writing that is Sebastian's style in bringing home the truth that rocks your insides....I hope that Restrepo gets to Melbourne soon...
Well..have a great Sunday and take care of yourself....All the best to you and yours..may your son return to you safe and sound.....so long Connie...Clare