Empty Casing: A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege


Empty Casing: A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege Fred Doucette, who served as a Commander in the UN Peacekeeping forces in the 1992 Bosnian War, gives a moving and at times chilling account of his experiences on the war front as well as his struggle to integrate back into society at home The prose is simple and to the point, and it is this quality above all else that lends Doucette s account the sincerity that characterizes it from beginning to end.A great deal of perspective can be gleaned from these pages about the experiences of a soldier Fred Doucette, who served as a Commander in the UN Peacekeeping forces in the 1992 Bosnian War, gives a moving and at times chilling account of his experiences on the war front as well as his struggle to integrate back into society at home The prose is simple and to the point, and it is this quality above all else that lends Doucette s account the sincerity that characterizes it from beginning to end.A great deal of perspective can be gleaned from these pages about the experiences of a soldier especially with regards to post traumatic stress disorder Doucette s narrative has an engrossing air of frankness to it that compels the reader to seek to learnand better understand the serious issues at play in properly welcoming a soldier home It is a rousing and serious read a deeply human experience that will no doubt inspire Just read this for the second time This is a terrific Canadian perspective about the siege of Sarajevo, the incompetence of the UN, and the after effects of OSIs PTSD I hope some day to contact or meet the author. If the rating system had 10 stars I would give this book five With misgivings I had to wonder initially what the writer was doing in the army in the first place, given his surprise over and fear at conditions in Sarajevo But much of the story is very interesting and sheds a lot of light on the war and the siege of Sarajevo Unfortunately, I chose this book because I was very curious to readof the war, and not the writer s issues with mental health, so I was left unsatisfied I m off to If the rating system had 10 stars I would give this book five With misgivings I had to wonder initially what the writer was doing in the army in the first place, given his surprise over and fear at conditions in Sarajevo But much of the story is very interesting and sheds a lot of light on the war and the siege of Sarajevo Unfortunately, I chose this book because I was very curious to readof the war, and not the writer s issues with mental health, so I was left unsatisfied I m off to look for another Definitely what some would consider war porn You can feel Doucette s anger seeping through every page That being said, the subject matter is one that begs for that type of emotion Writing about a largely overlooked conflict that occurred in our own lifetime, it is easy to understand Doucette s point of view Read this book to learn atruthful account of what happened in Bosnia than what the media presented Read this book to evaluate the current state of the Canadian military, the Unit Definitely what some would consider war porn You can feel Doucette s anger seeping through every page That being said, the subject matter is one that begs for that type of emotion Writing about a largely overlooked conflict that occurred in our own lifetime, it is easy to understand Doucette s point of view Read this book to learn atruthful account of what happened in Bosnia than what the media presented Read this book to evaluate the current state of the Canadian military, the United Nations, and our population of PTSD inflicted veterans As a military spouse living with a husband with PTSD this book touched close to home It was not only well written and engaging but eye opening as well When Canadian soldier Fred Doucette went to Bosnia Herzegovina as a peacekeeper in , he had a premonition that this tour of duty would be different from anything he had previously experienced And it was Doucette s tour quickly became an impossible task that took a huge toll on both the residents and his fellow peacekeepers Trapped in thier beloved city, thousands of Sarajevans, perished, and yet, Doucette found a home in the midst of this hell Billeted with a Bosnian family, he was offered a window into a Sarajevo that few outsiders saw When the war ended, Doucette returned to Canada to face another battle, this one characterized by nightmares and brutal flashbacks Traumatized, he had to face himself, his family, and his army once again, but now there was no turning away, no diversion in another foreign posting Empty Casing is the riveting story of the making and unmaking of a soldier, and the growth of a man


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