New Book About Wartime Wounds Wins Rave Reviews from Publishers Weekly

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New book about the development of new military tactics resulting in devastating new wounds to soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan wins laudatory review from PW.

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The weight of Glasser’s research is compelling. But his powerful telling of these wounded warriors’ stories is more than enough reason for a nation to read and react.

New weapons, new injuries and new treatments add up to “new suffering,” the subject of Dr. Ronald P. Glasser’s new book, Broken Bodies/Shattered Minds. The bestselling author (400 Days), a physician and former major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, traces the changing nature of warfare and wounds, from the jungles of Vietnam to the streets and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Glasser’s focus on the multi-traumatic nature of wounds to both men and women who are soldiers and Marines in our most recent wars is cause for alarm. In Vietnam, soldiers and Marines were shot, with death caused by blood loss. In Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers are being blown up by IEDs (improvised explosive devices) that devastate the internal organs, blow off limbs, and cause debilitating, concussive injuries. Vastly improved medical evacuation procedures have resulted in less loss of life, but extend the suffering of the wounded.

Dr. Glasser clearly describes, often poignantly, the great emotional and financial cost of these life-altering wounds to the military, to their families, and to America as a nation.

On April 18, Broken Bodies/Shattered Minds caught the attention of Publishers Weekly:

“In this deftly written and researched account, (Glasser) explains that because so many more soldiers survive their wounds today than they did in Vietnam, they often suffer from multiple injuries requiring poly-trauma units…The weight of Glasser’s research is compelling. But his powerful telling of these wounded warriors’ stories is more than enough reason for a nation to read and react.”

And a swift reaction came from a man who knows firsthand about battlefields, war, and the wounded. Joseph L. Galloway, war correspondent, author and the only civilian ever to be awarded the Bronze Star for valor, said of Broken Bodies/ Shattered Minds, “The stories are heart-breaking and the consequences of survival against the odds are that legions of severely crippled veterans must be cared for during lifetimes of pain and suffering. Read this book and weep.”

Broken Bodies/Shattered Minds 9781933909479, History Publishing Company LLC, Palisades, NY, pub date June 15, 2011, will be in book stores nationally.

Contact: Don Bracken, djb(at)historypublishingco(dot)com

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