From Baghdad, with Love
A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava
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From Baghdad, with Love by Jay Kopelman
Book DescriptionWhen Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around a corner, and prepare to open fire. What they find during the US-led attack on the 'most dangerous city on Earth', however, is not an insurgent bent on revenge, but a tiny puppy left behind when most of the city's population fled before the bombing. Despite military law that forbids the keeping of pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat. Thus begins the dramatic rescue attempt of a dog named Lava and Lava's rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war. From hardened Marines to wartime journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, "From Baghdad, With Love" tells an unforgettable story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy flea-ridden refugee.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780553818857
(198mm x 128mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 5-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jay Kopelman
From Baghdad to America, Paperback / softback (February 2010)
Damn funny, very entertaining, and a powerful reminder of everything that these troops are sacrificing for us both here and abroad. Andrew Carroll, editor of the bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines
From Baghdad with Love, Paperback (June 2008)
A war memoir that will capture the hearts of its readers, just as one scruffy puppy sneaked his way into the hearts of hardened Marines just when they needed it most.
From Baghdad, with Love, Paperback (February 2007)» View all books by Jay Kopelman
"With humor and heart, Kopelman relates how, in the midst of battle in Fallujah, Iraq, his Marine battalion - the Lava Dogs - saves a starving mutt. Armed with the fighting spirit of the Marines who adopt him, spunky Lava supplies unconditional love, morale boosts, and a great read.
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Author Biography - Jay Kopelman
Jay Kopelman was a lieutenant colonel in the US Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton in La Jolla, CA. He began his military career in 1986, and transferred to the Marine Corps in 1991. In September, 2004, he deployed to Iraq for six months, and in November, he and his battalion entered Fallujah and fought for the city. Jay Kopelman's website can be found at www.jaykopelman.com Melinda Roth is a journalist and is the author of The Man Who Talks to Dogs.
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