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When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire.

What they find during the US-led attack on the “most dangerous city on Earth,” however, is not an insurgent bent on revenge but a tiny puppy left behind when most of the city’s population fled before the bombing. Despite military law that forbids the keeping of pets, the Marines deflea the pup with kerosene, deworm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat.

Thus begins the dramatic rescue attempt of a dog named Lava—and Lava’s rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war.

From hardened Marines to wartime journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of a handful of heartwarming tales to emerge from the war in Iraq.”

    USA Today

  • “Kopelman’s tale is not just a seasonal heart warmer. It is a provocative examination of an issue that resonates deeply in the wake of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay: Do ‘softer’ values, such as mercy for the weak, sabotage military morale or strengthen it? At Kopelman and Lava’s first meeting, the exhausted, trigger-happy Marine glimpsed a ball of fur and instinctively reached for his rifle. But soon Lava won over his unit, reducing ‘elite, well-oiled machines of war’ to baby talk. This was strictly verboten…But Kopelman and his battle mates could not bear to kill the puppy or abandon him in a place where dogs survive by gnawing at corpses. Instead, they began plotting Lava's escape—and found a bit of salvation in a soul-numbing war.”

    Washington Post

  • “Iraq veteran Kopelman and journalist Roth tell a tale of radiant joy about Kopelman's efforts to safely transport Lava, the stray dog his Marine unit found in the wreckage of Fallujah, back to the US. Though the premise sounds cloying, Kopelman and Roth eschew sentimentality. They don’t hesitate to detail the corruption of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the US military bureaucracy or the extreme hardships of the Iraqi people. Kopelman’s nagging qualms about keeping the dog in violation of military orders throw into relief his efforts to repress his guilt over working so hard to save a dog amid so much human suffering…The story of Lava’s journey out of Iraq is exciting, but it’s to Kopelman and Roth’s credit that it’s not nearly as harrowing as the story of what the dog left behind.”

    Publishers Weekly

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