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Wounded: Vietnam to Iraq by Ronald J. Glasser, M.D.


Wounded: Vietnam to Iraq

Contact: Eileen Parker


MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Best-selling author, Ronald J. Glasser, M.D., offers in his newest work, Wounded: Vietnam to Iraq, an unflinching analysis of the frightening injuries to our soldiers in Iraq. Dr. Glasser has revealed facts about our wounded soldiers—facts that so far, have lain quiet in the media. Wounded is not a political opinion piece. It is a non-fiction statement.

Lieutenant General Hal Moore, a battalion commander in Vietnam and the coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, says of Wounded: Vietnam to Iraq, “Ron Glasser has written a compelling, riveting, and truly great book, which America needs right now. Superbly researched and heart-rending….”

Dr. Glasser has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, MPR, and PBS. His articles have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Monthly, and Law & Politics. His books include 365 Days—nominated for the National Book Award and translated into nine languages, the best-selling Ward 402, and The Body is the Hero, Another War/Another Peace, The Greatest Battle, and The Light in the Skull.

Dr. Ronald J. Glasser is available to discuss Wounded and the statements put forth in his book. As a former Army doctor and through his military contacts, Dr. Glasser can also be a valuable expert news source. He knows about our soldiers wounded in Iraq, the dangers they face on the ground, and their long road to recovery.

For book excerpts, see Dr. Glasser’s website at .

Contact his personal publicist, Eileen Parker, at 763-533-6125 or at

Review from Publishers Weekly

WOUNDED: Vietnam to Iraq
Ronald J. Glasser. George Braziller, $21.95 (144p)
ISBN 0807615714, $15.95 paper -692

The relatively light body count among American soldiers fighting in Iraq is but the tip of an iceberg of suffering, argues this harrowing meditation on the hidden costs of war. Glasser (365 Days), who served as an Army physician during the Vietnam war, details the breakthroughs in technology, medical procedures and body armor that have made the Iraq war more survivable than previous conflicts but notes a depressing side effect: soldiers now survive horrific wounds that would have killed them in the past, wounds that will saddle them with physical and financial burdens for decades to come. The litany of “polytraumas” he describes—sometimes in grisly clinical detail—is varied and heart-rending, from the multiple amputations, seared lungs and brain-damage inflicted by road-side bombs to the psychological scars borne by a group of panicky Marines who open fire on a car, only to find they have killed an innocent woman and her three young daughters. Glasser mixes in his own Vietnam reminiscences to point up the similarities between the two quagmires, from moral corruption (he deplores the current involvement of physicians in interrogating prisoners) to social and economic inequalities that force the disadvantaged to bear the brunt of the fighting and maiming, to the false claims and false optimism officials deploy to justify war. The insights he draws are not always cogent (“In any war, but particularly this one, you can run, but you can’t hide,” he muzzily intones), but Glasser offers a sobering look at the new circles of hell being pioneered in Iraq. (June)



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