September 02, 2006


The other day the doorbell rang, and UPS handed me my copy of The Blog of War.


Blackfive did a wonderful job of pulling this anthology together, and the finished product is a wonderful slice of history. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is how no one knew he would be published. We wrote our entries for our blogs, not for a book, so the writing is spontaneous and honest. We expected our friends and blog family to read our words, not the whole world; there's no pretension or feeling of "this is literature" in The Blog of War. It's just servicemembers and spouses describing deployment.

I've been reading it this week, and I must say I can only handle its intensity in small doses. Reading this book brings back deployment feelings that I honestly had forgotten about, and I find myself reliving the anguish, the anxiety, the loneliness, and the fear. I've been laughing, and lord, I've been crying, and with every page turn I've been wishing that every person I know would read this book.

But whatever you do, don't try to read the chapter on The Fallen all in one night. You won't sleep, trust me.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a glimpse into OIF and OEF. At a mere ten bucks, it's a steal on Amazon. My mom bought six! So far, I know our friends from Poland and Sweden have also bought copies, and I'm anxious to hear their responses. But it's a no-brainer if you're reading blogs and if you've ever visited MilBlogs; this book is definitely for you.

Buy the book. You won't be sorry.

My only regret is that this story didn't make it in. I didn't think to suggest it until I started reading the book and knew how perfectly it would've fit.

Posted by Sarah at September 2, 2006 07:37 AM | TrackBack

I got mine last week and haven't left the house without it. I bought two copies and have to buy a third to loan out.

It's wonderful. I told one friend on one level it's like a scrapbook - I remember reading this post, how worried I was because of another. And some posts I had missed all together.

A must read. Positively. Oh, and so you know - your post in there gets me every.single.time. I read it!

Posted by: Tammi at September 2, 2006 12:24 PM

Thanks Sarah I needed something good to read besides textbooks!

Posted by: Household6 at September 2, 2006 06:55 PM

I'm ordering two more books. I think they make nice gifts. Glad you posted about the book. I'm supposed to get my first shipment of six tomorrow. I can hardly wait.
Your mama

Posted by: Nancy at September 5, 2006 12:08 AM

I got mine last week (I was lucky and it came early!) I can NOT read it at night - the posts keep me awake. I love it - it's everything milblogging is supposed to be and more. Matt has done an outstanding job. Like you though I find it intense and I have to watch out so I don't get too overloaded with emotion.

Posted by: Teresa at September 5, 2006 10:38 PM