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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hnida Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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A family doctor with limited surgical experience, Dr. Dave Hnida volunteered for two tours of duty in Iraq - first as a battalion surgeon with a combat unit and then as trauma chief at the busiest Combat Support Hospital (CSH) during the Surge.

With honesty and candor, and the goofy, self-deprecating humor that sustained him and his fellow doctors through their darkest hours, he provides an astonishing firsthand account of the psychological horror show of conducting medical care in the front lines of an unscripted war.

Like a modern-day M*A*S*H, Dr. Hnida and his team conducted surgery under terrible conditions in a series of tents connected to the occasional run-down building. With an unrelenting caseload, his CSH, the only one staffed by reservists - older, more experienced physicians (who were also more disdainful of authority) - soon became the medivac destination of choice because of their high survival rate, an astounding 99.5 percent.

Dr. Hnida has suffered some very dark hours. Not only were nine of the students killed in the Columbine shootings, his family practice patients, but his daughter, a place kicker and the first female to score a point in an NCAA Division I football game, was the victim in a widely publicized rape case. He took from these events not hopelessness but rather an overwhelming desire to help as many young people as he could. His decision, at 48, to enlist as a reservist in the Iraq war is a true testament to his commitment to fulfill that goal.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/10/2014

    " The last time Dr. Dave Hnida saw his dad, they talked about Mr. Hnida's experience in World War II. In an attempt to understand his father better, Dave signed up for two tours of duty in Iraq. In this moving and sometimes humorous book, Dr. Hnida brings to life his experiences while serving his second tour at "Paradise General", a combat support hospital in Tikrit. His intimate account of life, duty, and sacrifice there is humbling. This is an honest, well written, great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Toerpe | 1/31/2014

    " Completed in 10 days Great read from start to finish. The author, Dr. Hnida is doing some soul-searching, and believes he found his answer by using his physician skills to sign up and become a combat physician in the Army...let me tell you, he doesn't completely find his answer, but he is now able to better relate to those who are serving/have served, especially with the memories of his late father. Although Dr. Hnida uses medical stories to take the reader on a journey, this book is more about the lives of the men and women who are serving our country, overseas, during wartime...about relationships that develop, and about a father's journey to make sure he not only represents himself well on this earth, but also sets an example for his children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/31/2014

    " This book has an interesting subject, but an uninteresting author. I would have enjoyed this book much more if it was more about the experiences of the doctor instead of the doctor himself. He comes across as kind of an aging jerk that thinks he's still hip and cool. It's just an okay book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bobby mccormick | 1/14/2014

    " a little bit over the top, but an easy and fun, deep in some respects and moving, adventure of a MASH like surgeon in the wars in the middle east. Hnida makes the wars come real and alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/13/2014

    " I thought this book was very good. I was mildly surprised that I enjoyed it so well. I thought it was going to be fairly dark, since it takes place in the middle of the war in Iraq. But it wasn't. I mean, it was dark but the darkness had quite a bit of humour spread throughout it (if that makes sense). It was a book that was very well written, I saw maybe one or two spelling mistakes, but that's expected in almost every book. There will always be a mistake they miss. It was nice to see the doctor's point of view of the war. It's very different from what you hear from the soldiers and others. So, in all, I have to say that I really like the book. I think anyone should read this book, even if you don't usually like war stories (like me). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/6/2014

    " The writing itself is not stellar, but the story is fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.R. Moler | 12/23/2013

    " The first couple chapters dragged but the rest was a fascinating first hand acct of the stress and insanity of the war zone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/14/2013

    " This is an incredible true story of a doctor serving the Army in Iraq. The author is funny, honest, good-hearted and a real hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Huner | 12/9/2013

    " A very moving, funny account of his time in Iraq, that reminds us of the very real cost of war. The quote of witnessing the "rude unhinging of the machinery of life" is chilling to think about. It is good to know that we have people like Dr. Dave caring for our troops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/15/2013

    " I walked past this one several times at the library and wouldn't have picked it up if I hadn't seen that you wanted to read it. I enjoyed it and could only think about how I hope Dan doesn't decide to do something similar to Dr. Dave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/14/2013

    " Interesting story from the point of view of a doctor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 8/3/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. At first glance, a true story of a makeshift trauma center in Iraq during the Surge, but really a story of life, loyalty, service in sacrifice, and the realities of combat trauma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance | 4/1/2013

    " Very interesting, I read it in one sitting. I am grateful there are people who volunteer for this type of duty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 1/25/2013

    " Interesting and enlightening account of providing medical services in the middle of war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Friars | 1/7/2013

    " If you loved M*A*S*H, this book is an updated version of that classic television show. Dave Hnida was a reservist who served as an ER doctor in Iraq. Easy to read and a very good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mavis | 10/28/2011

    " Probably the most interesting book I have read in 20 years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 6/12/2011

    " Another book we should all read. About a middle-aged doctor who volunteers to go to Iraq--for a 2nd time. How he misses his kids, and treats all his patients as if they could be his own kids. Very inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bobby | 6/8/2011

    " a little bit over the top, but an easy and fun, deep in some respects and moving, adventure of a MASH like surgeon in the wars in the middle east. Hnida makes the wars come real and alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 5/14/2011

    " Wonderful and insightful memoir about a doctor's tour in Iraq as an ED physician. Was very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/14/2011

    " Interesting story from the point of view of a doctor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.R. | 9/24/2010

    " The first couple chapters dragged but the rest was a fascinating first hand acct of the stress and insanity of the war zone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/15/2010

    " I walked past this one several times at the library and wouldn't have picked it up if I hadn't seen that you wanted to read it. I enjoyed it and could only think about how I hope Dan doesn't decide to do something similar to Dr. Dave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 8/10/2010

    " Another book we should all read. About a middle-aged doctor who volunteers to go to Iraq--for a 2nd time. How he misses his kids, and treats all his patients as if they could be his own kids. Very inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance | 7/30/2010

    " Very interesting, I read it in one sitting. I am grateful there are people who volunteer for this type of duty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/28/2010

    " This is an incredible true story of a doctor serving the Army in Iraq. The author is funny, honest, good-hearted and a real hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/17/2010

    " I keep telling myself that I am done reading books about the war in Iraq, but Paradise General offers a fresh look at the war that transcends politics. If you can get past the gore and black humor, it is a poignant book about mankind's humanity and lack thereof. "

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