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Shooting ghosts : a U.S. Marine, a combat photographer, and their journey back from war / Thomas J. Brennan, USMC (Ret.), and Finbarr O'Reilly.

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  • ISBN: 9780399562549
  • ISBN: 0399562540
  • Physical Description: x, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-325) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: An odd alliance -- Part one: Afghanistan. Misfits go to war ; Outpost Kunjak ; Ambushed ; Walking wounded ; The in-between ; Human triggers ; Limbs lost and skull tattoos -- Part two: After Afghanistan. Witnessing war, living through loss ; Coming home ; Nosedive ; Forward into the past ; The voice ; Media boot camp ; Coming undone -- Part three: After war. Home, again ; Echoes of Iraq ; Marching back through time ; Moving forward, sliding back ; No easy fix ; Another war ; Yellow footprints ; No wars and no jobs, but another tasty chicken.
Summary, etc.:
"A unique joint memoir by a U.S. Marine and a conflict photographer, whose unlikely friendship helped both heal their war-wounded bodies and souls War tears people apart, but it can also bring them together. Through the unpredictability of war and its aftermath, a decorated Marine sergeant and a world-trotting war photographer became friends, their bond forged as they patrolled together through the dusty alleyways of Helmand province and camped side by side in the desert. It deepened after Sergeant TJ Brennan was injured during a Taliban ambush, and both returned home. Brennan began to suffer from the effects of his injury and from the fallout of his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. But war correspondents experience similar rates of post-traumatic stress as combat veterans. The causes can be different, but guilt plays a prominent role in both. For Brennan, it's the things he's done, or didn't do, that haunt him. Finbarr O'Reilly's conscience is nagged by the task of photographing people at their most vulnerable while being able to do little to help, and his survival guilt as colleagues die on the job. Their friendship offered them both a shot at redemption."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: O'Reilly, Finbarr, 1971-
Brennan, Thomas J. (Thomas James)
United States. Marine Corps > Officers > Biography.
Reuters Limited > Employees > Biography.
Afghan War, 2001- > Personal narratives, American.
Post-traumatic stress disorder > Patients > Biography.
Afghan War, 2001- > Campaigns > Afghanistan > Helmand.
War photographers > Afghanistan > Biography.
War photographers > Africa > Biography.
War > Psychological aspects.
Genre: Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Personal Narratives.

Thomas James Brennan, recipient of the Purple Heart, was a sergeant in the Marine Corps until medically retired in 2012. He served in Iraq during the battle of Fallujah and was a squad leader in Afghanistan’s Helmand province with the First Battalion, Eighth Marines. Since 2012, he has been a regular contributor to The New York Times At War blog. Brennan was the military affairs reporter at the Jacksonville Daily News from early 2013 through mid-2014. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia, and is the founder of, a nonprofit online newsroom dedicated to chronicling the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Finbarr O’Reilly is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has spent more than a decade working in Africa and the Middle East and who has won the World Press Photo of the Year, the highest individual honor in news photography. He was profiled in the documentary film Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (Peabody Award winner, Oscar finalist) and has held fellowships at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and the MacDowell Colony. He was a Reuters senior photographer for Israel and the Palestinian Territories in 2014.

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