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A powerful account of 18 months in the lives of three soldiers and a journalist, all patients in Ward 57, Walter Reed's amputee wing. A chronicle of devastation and recovery, this is a deeply affecting portrait of the private aftermath of combat casualties.
"[Weisskopf] reaches deep inside himself and calls on all the accumulated skills of his career, as well as his integrity. When he writes of his pain, frustrations and doubts, it is to add credibility, not to make himself the focus....In this war where the public is prevented from seeing photographs of returning coffins, the grim reality of these men's sacrifices becomes clear. BLOOD BROTHERS is a fine and heartfelt work honoring them."
From the Publisher
Time correspondent Michael Weisskopf reports on his experiences in Ward 57 of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a place known as "Amputee Alley." Weisskopf was there as a patient, having lost his right hand trying to toss away a grenade that had been thrown near him and a group of American soldiers while he was on assignment in Baghdad. In BLOOD BROTHERS, Michael Weisskopf tells his story, and the stories of three other soldiers, also on Ward 57. His report includes information about medical and psychological issues relating to rehabilitation, including the science of prosthetics and the realities of having one, as well as the amazing work done by the staff at Walter Reed. Weisskopf is candid about the range of emotions he went through, his concerns for his family and friends, his anger at himself and frustration with the whole matter, and the difficulties of accepting that his life has changed. In BLOOD BROTHERS, it's clear that Michael Weisskopf and the American soldiers on Ward 57 are not alone.
A TIME magazine correspondent who lost his hand during a bombing in Iraq describes the incident that changed his life and his treatment at Ward 57 at Walter Reed Medical Center, a wing reserved for amputees, where he met Pete Damon, Louis Rodriguez, and Bobby Isaacs, three soldiers and fellow amputees. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Editors Note 2
This "expert piece of journalism by a brave man about brave men" follows three soldiers and a reporter through eighteen months on Ward 57, Walter Reed's amputee wing (The Washington Post) Time magazine's Michael Weisskopf was riding through Baghdad in the back of a U.S. Army Humvee when he heard a metallic thunk. Looking down, he spotted a small object inches from his feet and reached down to take it in his hand. Then everything went black. Weisskopf lost his hand and was sent to Ward 57 at Walter Reed Medical Center, the wing reserved for amputees. There he met soldiers Pete Damon, Luis Rodriguez, and Bobby Isaacs, alongside whom he navigated the bewildering process of recovery and began reconciling life before that day in Baghdad with everything that would follow his release. Blood Brothers is the story of this difficult passage--a story that begins with healthy men heading off to war, and continues through the months in Ward 57 as they prepare for a different life than the one they left. A chronicle of devastation and recovery, this is a deeply affecting portrait of the private aftermath of combat casualties.