Fifteen Days: Stories Of Bravery, Friendship, Life And Death From Inside The New Canadian Army

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Fifteen Days: Stories Of Bravery, Friendship, Life And Death From Inside The New Canadian Army

by Christie Blatchford

Doubleday Canada | October 28, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Fifteen Days: Stories Of Bravery, Friendship, Life And Death From Inside The New Canadian Army is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Long before she made her first trip to Afghanistan as an embedded reporter for The Globe and Mail, Christie Blatchford was already one of Canada’s most respected and eagerly read journalists. Her vivid prose, her unmistakable voice, her ability to connect emotionally with her subjects and readers, her hard-won and hard-nosed skills as a reporter–these had already established her as a household name. But with her many reports from Afghanistan, and in dozens of interviews with the returned members of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and others back at home, she found the subject she was born to tackle. Her reporting of the conflict and her deeply empathetic observations of the men and women who wear the maple leaf are words for the ages, fit to stand alongside the nation’s best writing on war.

It is a testament to Christie Blatchford’s skills and integrity that along with the admiration of her readers, she won the respect and trust of the soldiers. They share breathtakingly honest accounts of their desire to serve, their willingness to confront fear and danger in the battlefield, their loyalty towards each other and the heartbreak occasioned by the loss of one of their own. Grounded in insights gained over the course of three trips to Afghanistan in 2006, and drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews not only with the servicemen and -women with whom she shared so much, but with their commanders and family members as well, Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty-first century.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.98 × 5.99 × 0.89 in

Published: October 28, 2008

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664672

ISBN - 13: 9780385664677

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from the more you read the more you feel what each soldiers feelings are and what they went through I am a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps and know a few soldiers myself some retired and some still in service but this book brings tears to my eyes for every story in this book. Just the thought of what these soldiers went through Makes you more aware of the sacrifice,loyalty,and valor every soldier undertakes while in intense combat everyday for 6 months, but the strongest feelings you will get out of this book is when someone has to be the person to tell their family that a loved one is dead or going into detail on the feelings of fellow soldiers who have to hold in their feelings until the right time. the fact of the matter is, is that there is no other book that will explain what happens in the eye of every soldier over there. there is nothing you can say to describe this book the way a soldier can. that's what makes this book a piece of art.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "must read" to help understand the sacrifice of the soldier This is an incredibly well written book that gives anyone an inside view of the life - and death - of the soldiers who commit their lives to the defense of freedom. "War is the ultimate failure of politicians; and the ultimate sacrifice of the soldier". I don't advocate war; however, once we have sent our soldiers to "do their duty", I believe that we must support them fully. As much as I believe that, this book brings home the reality of war where our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers die doing their duty. Doing what they believe in. This book brings home the full level of commitment, sacrifice, and pain that is felt in the loss of every soldier. The tragedy, the waste, and the sadness that accompanies every death in combat. I teared up more than once reading this book and, although I wish that we never had to send our troops anywhere but ceremonial parades, I recommend this book as a must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of why we are there; and the cost that we are paying.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have no words to describe this book Wow! I haven't ever been moved to tears by a book, before this. It was a phenomenal account of what our soldiers are living through in Afghanistan. Honest, frankly unpleasant to read, it was quite compelling and hard to put down, although I could only read a chapter or two before I did have to close the book. Thank you very much to all those that have suffered so many losses for us.
Date published: 2008-12-29

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Fifteen Days: Stories Of Bravery, Friendship, Life And Death From Inside The New Canadian Army

by Christie Blatchford

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.98 × 5.99 × 0.89 in

Published: October 28, 2008

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664672

ISBN - 13: 9780385664677

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3 August 2006 – “Blackest day of my life. Four perfect men lost, seven others injured. . . . The day will be marked by acts of heroism– some witnessed, some described to me. I will have to tell the story someday, when I can do so without choking up.” –from Ian Hope to Christie Blatchford Saturday 8/5/2006 1:40 ­p.m. By July 2006, Task Force Orion was a killing machine. Named for the conspicuous constellation of stars known as the Hunter, Orion was the Canadian battle group made up of the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton; a company from the 2nd Battalion and a battery of gunners from 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, both based in Shilo, Manitoba; and combat engineers. Even into the early spring, the soldiers of Roto 1, as the seven­month tour in Kandahar Province was called, had confronted many tests that tax a soldier’s resolve and ingenuity. But they had yet to face full­fledged combat. The troops were being blown up regularly, killed and maimed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by an enemy who went unseen and largely uncaught. They met endless groups of village elders, and older Afghan men who appointed themselves elders, in countless shuras, or consultations. Most of these were peaceful, if occasionally galling, because the soldiers suspected, and in a few cases damn well knew, that some of the same men laying bombs by night or with certain knowled
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From the Publisher

Long before she made her first trip to Afghanistan as an embedded reporter for The Globe and Mail, Christie Blatchford was already one of Canada’s most respected and eagerly read journalists. Her vivid prose, her unmistakable voice, her ability to connect emotionally with her subjects and readers, her hard-won and hard-nosed skills as a reporter–these had already established her as a household name. But with her many reports from Afghanistan, and in dozens of interviews with the returned members of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and others back at home, she found the subject she was born to tackle. Her reporting of the conflict and her deeply empathetic observations of the men and women who wear the maple leaf are words for the ages, fit to stand alongside the nation’s best writing on war.

It is a testament to Christie Blatchford’s skills and integrity that along with the admiration of her readers, she won the respect and trust of the soldiers. They share breathtakingly honest accounts of their desire to serve, their willingness to confront fear and danger in the battlefield, their loyalty towards each other and the heartbreak occasioned by the loss of one of their own. Grounded in insights gained over the course of three trips to Afghanistan in 2006, and drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews not only with the servicemen and -women with whom she shared so much, but with their commanders and family members as well, Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty-first century.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Christie Blatchford has been a high-profile Canadian journalist for over 25 years, with columns covering sports, lifestyle, current affairs, and crime. She started working for The Globe and Mail in 1972 while still studying at Ryerson, and has since worked for the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the National Post. She returned to The Globe and Mail in 2002. She is a winner of the National Newspaper Award for column writing.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“Blatchford has the rare ability to make her descriptions of combat, particularly those involving loss of life and serious injury, almost embarrassing to the reader. You feel that you are eavesdropping on very private matters. Her extensive research and her own recollections as she was caught up in the thick of some of the heaviest fighting are compelling, gut-wrenching and, unfortunately, real. . . . She walked the walk. . . . Blatchford’s hundreds of hours of interviews in Canada have produced a rare, intimate look at how individual families coped with an early-morning knock on the door, and the presence of a unit officer and a padre with devastating news, or having a vehicle chase down a father out for a jog with a request that he get in and return home because ‘the Army is at your house.’. . . As someone who has been to Afghanistan visiting our troops a couple of times, I learned more about the performance of our soldiers from reading Blatchford’s book then [sic] I did from being on the ground for short stays. . . . I’ve never felt prouder of being Canadian then when I’ve had the pleasure of commanding, or, in the case of Afghanistan, observing Canadian soldiers performing their duties abroad. Fifteen Days reinforced that pride even more. Bravo Zulu, Christie Blatchford.” — Major-General Lewis MacKenzie (ret’d) in The Globe and Mail “ Her work, at its best, tends to reflect life’s mirror. There is dea
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