Ghosts of War

Ghosts of War

The True Story of A 19-year-old GI

Book - 2010
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In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, follow one GI's tour of duty as Ryan Smithson brings readers inside a world that few understand.

This is no ordinary teenager's story. Instead of opting for college life, Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer.

His story--and the stories of thousands of other soldiers--is nothing like what you see on CNN or read about in the New York Times. This unforgettable story about combat, friendship, fear, and a soldier's commitment to his country peels back the curtain on the realities of war in a story all Americans should read.

Publisher: New York : Collins, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780061664717
Characteristics: 321 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., map, ports. ;,21 cm.


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Jun 18, 2019

Read for middle school. Super good. Some parts sad. And a lot of bad words. But otherwise, good.

Feb 27, 2017

This book makes us realize how our troops are affected and the fight they have to do when back from combat. Eye openning

ChristchurchLib Nov 03, 2014

"Ryan Smithson, who describes sitting in his high school history class and watching the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 as the "atypical, unpredictable kind of real that you never see coming," enlisted in the Army as soon as he graduated. In this harrowing and powerful memoir, Smithson brings readers inside his tour of duty in Iraq, from basic training through combat and his return home. If you want to know what life is really like on the battlefield, Smithson's story provides a soldier's unflinching viewpoint; for an Iraqi civilian's account of the early days of the war, check out Thura's Diary by Thura Al-Windawi." Teen Scene November 2014 newsletter

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