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Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army Hardcover – Oct 30 2007


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; First Edition edition (Oct. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385664664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385664660
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jim duggan on Dec 31 2007
Format: Hardcover
this is a great book for canadians to read to see what we face over there but .... not all of her stories are accurate ... christie only talked to certain soldiers to write this book ... and some of her descriptions of what happened to us on certain days , are not accurate at all .... "OUTSIDE THE WIRE " is a much more in depth and more accurate book from all angles and is actually wrote by the soldiers and not by a reporter ..... it is published by random house and can be bought on here or in any book store accross the country .
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Robert Paterson on Nov. 5 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Canadian army is very small - many organizations claim to be like a "family" but the Canadian Army is a family. In the larger world there may be 6 degrees of separation but in the Canadian Army there may be only two. So every loss is a wound for all. Every loss is indeed the death of a brother.

This remarkable book is a revelation of what it may mean to be part of a true Band of Brothers - a world where the most senior general lends a master corporal his own wedding ring so that he can ask his girl to marry him - a world where the entire platoon comes to the home of a fallen comrade and spends a week in the community celebrating his life - a world where a 40 plus year old widow enlists so that she can continue to be part of the family - a world where Colonels weep for their men.

The book also causes the reader to think more deeply about war and soldiers. It is politically correct to feel that all war and everything about it is bad. But we discover, that for all its terror and for all the losses, for a soldier war is what he lives for. It is when he also discovers whether he is any good at his life's work. We discover how good our soldiers are. Surprisingly, for we always think the less of ourselves, in Afghanistan, we are considered the heavy weights who punch well above our weight.

We discover that while war exhausts a person more than any other activity, it also makes him more alive.

We discover that PTSD is much more prevalent in peacekeeping than in the kind of situation that we find in Afghanistan. In peacekeeping the kit was awful and the impotence high - imagine simply witnessing atrocity? But in Afghanistan our soldiers can take the initiative and they are very well equipped and have rules of engagement that make sense.
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Loved everything about the book as it portrays a raw and honest look at the conditions in Afghanistan and of the many Canadian soldiers who fought in this War, and the poignant stories of those who lost their lives in the process.
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this is a well written inspiring book that all Canadians should read. It gave me a special insight to what our soldiers faced every day in service overseas, especially in Afghanistan. where I didn't really understand exactly what they were facing. it also gives the reader a feeling of the dedication that actually exists in our army. for one, I am proud of our soldiers.
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By B. Gray on Sept. 1 2013
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I have a friend with 2 sons on active duty - 2 tours each in Afghaniston. This well written book gives me a sobering & frightening look into what they went through.
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By Alex Petruk on March 8 2013
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Christie Blatchford writes this gripping story of a group of extraordinary soldiers caught up in an incredibly complex war. This isn't the linear battlefields of France or Germany, this is modern day Afghanistan and the enemy is around every mud-wall, across every wadi and in every poppy-field. You will not be able to put this book down!
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I had the great good fortune to be at a book launch where Warrant Officer Willie MacDonald introduced Christie Blatchford, and afterwards had the chance to talk with him at length about the book. I know, or have met, a number of other troops who served in Afghanistan. Every one had read the book; every one thought it was an excellent sample of the experiences of our troops. It is not, as one reviewer has said, as comprehensive a book as some others written about the Afghanistan conflict, but it is without a doubt a riveting account of some of the lives, and deaths, of those who we send "to the sharp end" - to do difficult and dangerous jobs on our behalf.

More to the point, this book is a long-overdue wake-up call that the historic task of our small, highly professional, highly trained armed forces is to fight wars, when necessary to kill, and sadly to die. "Peacekeeping", sometimes cited as the "traditional" task of Canadian troops, was a political smokescreen invented to whitewash stripping the armed forces of funding, equipment, and personnel. It also denies the historic role and great sacrifices of the many Canadians lost in past conflicts. "Fifteen Days" reminds us that every volunteer serving in our armed forces has signed a blank cheque saying, "Payable To The People Of Canada - One Life", and that our troops go where they are sent.

This book is not a comprehensive account of the experiences of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, but it is a book that every Canadian should read, if only to understand a small part of what is demanded of those who our politicians send off into harm's way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AJ on Jan. 14 2008
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I wasn't there and won't be. The warfare that I trained for, was to be in Europe fighting the Soviets. Having experienced the camaraderie of units within the forces, I feel for the young men and women on tour in Kandahar. The book brings forward compelling descriptions of the combat, fellowship, frustration, fearlessness and professionalism of our Canadians. Christie may not have gotten to talk to every soldier over there but I'm certain that she would have wanted to if it weren't for being paralyzed in fear in the back of a LAV. Maybe it isn't what some would have said or would have wanted to be told but for the 'folks' back home it brings the war to the doorstep. I'm proud to be a Canadian, but I'm even prouder after reading about the soldiering by these brave young men and women. I highly recommend the book. I truthfully couldn't put it down until I had finished it.
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