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The Soldiers Who Left Something Behind
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The Soldiers Who Left Something Behind
Time reporter Michael Weisskopf promotes book about losing arm, recovering in Iraq
By Matthew Sommer


Tom Weisskopf, a writer for Time magazine, was an imbedded journalist in Iraq when a homemade grenade blew off his arm while riding in a Humvee with several soldiers in the Al-Adhamiya area of Baghdad. It was 2003 when Weisskopf said he instinctively grabbed the searing-hot explosive and started to throw it over the side of the Humvee before blacking out.


Initially, Weisskopf supported the ideals that the Iraq war represented.

I felt like we had done something important, Weisskopf said at the talk.

Seeing the soldiers at Walter Reed caused Weisskopf to question these values.

He spoke of one soldier who was diffusing bombs when an explosion took his eyesight. Weisskopf questioned whether freedom for Iraqis was worth the eyes of this soldier.

Weisskopfs book, Blood Brothers, relays his own experiences, along with those of three soldiers injured in Iraq.

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