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Rule Number Two

Rule Number Two

Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

When Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft’s twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed to Iraq. A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft’s job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see. She put away thoughts of her children back home, acclimated to the sound of incoming rockets, and learned how to listen to the most traumatic stories a war zone has to offer.
One of the toughest lessons of her deployment was perfectly articulated by the TV show M*A*S*H: “There are two rules of war. Rule number one is that young men die. Rule number two is that doctors can’t change rule number one.” Some Marines, Kraft realized, and even some of their doctors, would be damaged by war in ways she could not repair. And sometimes, people were repaired in ways she never expected. RULE NUMBER TWO is a powerful firsthand account of providing comfort admidst the chaos of war, and of what it takes to endure.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Military

On Sale: May 22nd 2012

Price: $16

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780316067911

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"Every American needs to read this."—General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret), former commander of U.S. Central Command
"One of the most amazing books I have ever read..."—Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, USA (Ret), author of On Killing and On Combat
"A necessary but uncomfortable book for anyone wishing to understand."—Jay Freeman, Booklist
"The welcome mat for memoirs by veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom might never wear out so long as they write with the sincerity of Squier Kraft...(who) wins respect with genuine empathy."—J. Ford Huffman, Military Times