A Riveting Memoir of One Man’s Life as a Defense Contractor

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A thought-provoking story of author W. Hairston, a military contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Author W. Hairston acknowledges the fact that he is not a known figure. He is just a typical man who graduated from high school and directly joined the military service. After completing his time and doing his part of serving his country, he left to become a military contractor in some of the most dangerous places on earth. In many ways, he had seen more action than he had while he was still in uniform.

The Other Side of the Looking Glass shares the compelling memoir of the author, an average American who did his time in service, only to find out that he has to start all over again in a country still at war and with a shattered economy. He realized that there is still a way to make a living, and that is in the military-industrial complex, the new job market that had arisen when the Twin Towers fell on 9/11.

Hairston manages to make both ends meet. He was able to support his family. However, he always finds himself in the crosshairs of the enemy. All it takes is one mortar shell, one rocket strike, and one bullet to meet his fate and everything will be over. Although he is out of active military service, Hairston is still in a combat zone. His life is in constant danger. For him, there are no welcome home parties and no yellow ribbons. Prior to this, he was looked at as a hero. But later on, he’s considered as an opportunist and a mercenary. Indeed, Hairston’s story vividly reflects the way things are in this new world of outsourced war.

The Other Side of the Looking Glass was written through author W. Hairston’s point of view when he walked down the red carpet on his retirement from the navy in Naples, Italy to the present. It conveys a very important message to readers that American treasure aren’t just the men and women in uniform; they are those trained and licensed men and women who were economically driven away to seek a better way of life for themselves and their families. They are making just as big a sacrifice, but unfortunately, with less support in some cases.

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About the Author
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Camden, N.J., W. Hairston graduated from Camden Catholic High school in 1988 and went on to serve twenty years in the U.S. Navy. After retiring from active duty, he went on to work as a contractor for various defense contracting companies during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, he is residing with his family in the State of New Jersey.

The Other Side of the Looking Glass * by W. Hairston
The Memoir of a military contractor
Publication Date: July 22, 2013
Trade Paperback; $12.99; 81 pages; 978-1-4836-6133-9
Trade Hardback; $15.99; 81 pages; 978-1-4836-6134-6
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-6135-3

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