Award-winning author and noted torture expert Darius Rejali selected None of Us Were Like This Before as one of the top books on violence for FiveBooks.com, writing that “it is a really important book on atrocity-related trauma and the blow-back effect from Iraq … There are many things in this book that are fascinating and generally unknown.”
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“This shattering book is a journey into the heart of American darkness. What Joshua Phillips makes shockingly clear is that the misbehavior of some of our best soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan came about because of a failure of military leadership and because political leaders lacked the courage to admit the word ‘torture.’” —Richard Rodriguez, author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Two stark sentences wedged in the center of a military document curtly summarized the demise of a 24-year-old soldier: “SGT Gray was found dead in his barracks room at 1921 hrs on 29 August 2004. Subsequent investigation by CID (Exhibit 5) found that his death was accidental.” [click to continue…]