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Packing Inferno

 

 

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Advance Praise 

"I don't know another book on any subject, let alone on war, let alone on Iraq or the Corps, that combines such breathtaking candor and self-awareness with such impressive insight and extremely good writing, as well. Riveting, engrossing, simply terrific, a page-turner."

~Daniel Ellsberg

"Tyler Boudreau is the real deal. His personal story of what it's like to know the 'ground truth' of the war in Iraq chills the soul. This is a must read for any of us who care about our country and our soldiers in harms way."

~Max Cleland, former U.S. Senator

“What do you get when you combine The Things They Carried and Dispatches with the unblinking, crystalline style of Friedrich Nietzsche? You get Packing Inferno. Boudreau has a gift for vivid scene and narrative pace, and brings those together with something very rare: an unblinking sight of what’s right and what's not in this war, in his Marines, and in himself. There is a clarity in his words that will not leave you alone. You will definitely feel your time has been well spent.”

~Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America, MacArthur Fellow

"Tyler Boudreau lives now to help the rest of us see the monstrous face of war as clearly as he does. Alas, it is our own face, which we fail to recognize. This bravely truthful book is an urgently needed cure for America's chosen blindness about the war to which this nation condemns its young." 

~James Carroll, author of House of War

“I read Packing Inferno in a single sitting, and when I finished, I sat back down and read it again…and again. Packing Inferno is a wonderfully written, deeply passionate account of one man’s journey to the ‘foyer to Hell’.

Tyler Boudreau draws the reader into the subtleties of his ‘everyman’ tale of conflict until it is too late, and we are trapped in a journey up the Euphrates River valley, a Mesopotamian ‘Heart of Darkness’ which leads us straight into Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell, a place reserved for traitors. Packing Inferno makes traitors of us all, those opposed to the war in Iraq, those who support, and those who remain indifferent. And yet, in telling his story, Tyler Boudreau has liberated himself from Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell, because he betrays no one in doing so. And while the reader in some way becomes trapped along with Tyler by reading Packing Inferno, we are traitors to humanity if we don’t."

~Scott Ritter, Former Major, United States Marine Corps, and Chief Weapons Inspector in Iraq

“Eloquent, impassioned, written in the moments, written after, before, and around the moments, dripping with the blood of pain and seeking the blood of breathing, Boudreau has written from the zones of war under the guns and from the zones of war beyond the guns and from the zones of war in our hearts and minds - and in our memories and agendas - and he hasn't just written from those realms, about the culture, the training, the killing, the being killed, the coming home and not being home, he has displayed it all, dissected it all, unmercifully and mercifully relived and explored it all. Only a human ostrich can avoid these truths - don't be one. Read this."

~Michael Albert, Co-editor of ZNet and co-founer of Z Magazine and South End Press

“Tyler Boudreau has written a different war story which chronicles his journey of conscience. His feat is to survive the inferno of relentless anger to reach an understanding of what war entails. His is also an investigation into the morality of war, with all its quagmires and self-justifications. Soldiers must come to terms with their war to truly survive it, and Boudreau offers great insight into the hurdles facing returning veterans as well as advice for those who would help them.”

 

~Elise Forbes Tripp, author of Surviving Iraq: Soldiers’ Stories

“This is a deeply stirring book, angry and funny and insightful, about war and those whom war envelopes. It will bring knowing nods of recognition from veterans; it may shock others. To all of us, Tyler Boudreau offers a profound gift: the moral clarity we need to welcome the warriors back home.”

 

~David Bowne Wood, National Security Correspondent, The Baltimore Sun and author of A Sense of Values: American Marines in an Uncertain World

Packing Inferno represents an extraordinary meditation on the lethal contradictions of war and a grunts-eye view of the debacle in Iraq. Tyler Boudreau is that rare creature: a literate observer of the absurdities and tragedies of modern combat (American-style), and a no-holds-barred participant in the carnage of Iraqi urban warfare. Forget the high-falutin' tomes on America's mission in Iraq; this book really explains why the U.S. strategy was doomed to failure.”

~Michael T. Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies and author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet, the New Geopolitics of Energy

 

Reviews:

“Boudreau’s ruminations in Packing Inferno weave together five years of our nation’s experience of the war in Iraq into a portrait of our nation. Though the structure that holds this portrait together is Proustian, the pace is anything but a meander, and neither is Boudreau’s style ponderous. Instead, Packing Inferno is like a well-orchestrated commando raid. Reading it, you are pulled along, never quite sure what the next paragraph will bring, but by the end, you’ve seen the image in the mirror and are haunted by its presence.”

~ePluribus Media

"Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine by Tyler Boudreau, a 12-year marine and veteran of the Iraq War ... offers a powerful critique of both the marines and the war."

~Publishers Weekly

"Packing Inferno is an uncompromising narrative of Tyler Boudreau's experiences in Iraq and his struggle to deal with the human consequences, both in the Middle East and, later, at home. His writing is vivid, detailed and filled with emotion."

~Worcester Telegram & Gazette

"Packing Inferno is one of the most important historical documents to come out of the Iraq war if for no other reason than it shows what the true face of the Iraq war looks like. It’s a remarkable achievement in war reportage and it deserves to be shelved next to the Great War Books and should be required reading for every lawmaker and students of American history."

 ~Jason Leopold/Truthout.Org