Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib

4.15 avg rating
( 20 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780873516068: Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

On a frigid afternoon in February 2003, Deanna Germain, a nurse practitioner and new grandmother living in Blaine, Minnesota, received the registered letter she had hoped would never arrive. In six days she was to report for active duty as war loomed in Iraq. The purpose of mobilization: "For Enduring Freedom."

With startling detail, Lt. Col. Germain offers a clear-eyed account of life as a nursing supervisor behind the fortified gates of Abu Ghraib. Her duty: To treat Iraqi prisoners, U.S. soldiers, and Marines in need of medical attention. Shortly after she arrived, the notorious prison made headlines around the world for abuses that had stopped months before. Despite unbearable heat, frequent mortar attacks, medical supply shortages, substandard facilities, the relentless stench of war, and sleepless nights quartered in a tiny prison cell, Germain served the medical needs of each of her patients with remarkable humanity.

In this crucible of wartime stress, workplace turmoil, and cultural uncertainty, Germain found herself forging powerful connections with colleagues and translators. She learned from translators about normal Iraqi families struggling to survive impossible conditions. And after vowing to avoid personal relationships with prisoners, she became a comfort to many. Duty and compassion, camaraderie and hope all helped to pull her through.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Connie Lounsbury is a freelance writer who also teaches writing classes.

From Publishers Weekly:

I realized that the military can make a good soldier out of a mother, writes this Minnesota grandmother and lieutenant colonel in the army reserves, but it can't take the good mother out of the soldier. In this hardship-weary but generally positive account of her 18 months of service as nurse and soldier at Abu Ghraib, the notorious site of prisoner abuse by American military personnel, Germain seeks to redress the stigma of that enormous scandal. Detailing the daily challenges, sacrifices and service of those at Abu Ghraib, she tells of her contact with Iraqi citizens, detainee patients and foreign workers. Arriving after-the-fact and to another part of the compound, her account contains no insights into the abuse scandal itself (indeed, her take on the misdeeds of a few echoes the official bad-apple line of military and government spokespersons). The nebulous hierarchy of command at Abu Ghraib, the ambivalence of hospital staff toward wounded prisoners and first-hand glimpses of the exploitative subcontracting of Third World labor by American corporations like KBR do not shake Germain's faith in the rightness of her mission or turn her prosaic narrative—interspersed with texts of e-mails home and journal entries—from the unexamined constant of duty to country. (Sept. 1)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781681340586: Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1681340585 ISBN 13:  9781681340586
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Germain, Deanna
Published by Borealis Books 9/1/2007 (2007)
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books 9/1/2007, 2007. Hardback or Cased Book. Condition: New. Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780873516068

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.13
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Germain, Deanna
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2007. HRD. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780873516068

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060. Seller Inventory # Z0873516060ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060. Seller Inventory # Z0873516060ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060. Seller Inventory # Z0873516060ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060. Seller Inventory # Z0873516060ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|0.95. Seller Inventory # OTF-Y-9780873516068

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.65
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060. Seller Inventory # Z0873516060ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060. Seller Inventory # Z0873516060ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Germain, Deanna; Lounsbury, Connie
Published by Borealis Books
ISBN 10: 0873516060 ISBN 13: 9780873516068
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Borealis Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0873516060. Seller Inventory # Z0873516060ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book