Empty Casing

Empty Casing

A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege

Book - 2008
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When Canadian soldier Fred Doucette went to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a peacekeeper in 1995, he had a premonition that this tour of duty would be different from anything he had previously experienced. And it was. Doucette's tour quickly became an impossible task that took a huge toll on both the residents and his fellow peacekeepers. Trapped in thier beloved city, thousands of Sarajevans, perished, and yet, Doucette found a home in the midst of this hell. Billeted with a Bosnian family, he was offered a window into a Sarajevo that few outsiders saw. When the war ended, Doucette returned to Canada to face another battle, this one characterized by nightmares and brutal flashbacks. Traumatized, he had to face himself, his family, and his army once again, but now there was no turning away, no diversion in another foreign posting. Empty Casing is the riveting story of the making and unmaking of a soldier, and the growth of a man.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Douglas & McIntyre : 2008
ISBN: 9781553652915
Branch Call Number: 949.742 D744e
Characteristics: 228p illus

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poppyriffera
Jul 16, 2016

While a somewhat "shielded" memoir of F. Doucette's time in the former Yugoslavia during the Balkans War, this provides for an excellent general account of a Canadian officer's peacekeeping perspective in Sarajevo.

This provides for a good historical read for perhaps ages 10 and up of this humanitarian crisis.

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Jul 16, 2016

poppyriffera thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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