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Section 60 : Arlington National Cemetery : where war comes home
Poole, Robert M., author.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2014.
Physical Description:
242 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
The acclaimed author of On Hallowed Ground, using Section 60 of the Arlington National Cemetery as a window into the latest wars, recounts stories of courage and sacrifice by fallen heroes and how they are honored and remembered by those they left behind.
The longest war -- Rangers lead the way -- Above and beyond -- From war to peace -- Improvised death -- Friendly fire -- The long way home -- Final honors.
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Gifted writer and reporter Robert Poole opens Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery with preparations for Memorial Day when thousands of families come to visit those buried in the 624-acre cemetery, legions of Rolling Thunder motorcyclists patrol the streets with fluttering POW flags, and service members place miniature flags before each of Arlington's graves. Section 60, where many of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been laid to rest alongside service members from earlier wars, is a fourteen-acre plot that looms far larger in the minds and hearts of Americans. Itrepresents a living, breathing community of fellow members of the military, family members, friends, and loved ones of those who have fallen to the new weapons of war: improvised explosive devices, suicide bombs, and enemies who blend in with local populations. Several of the newest recruits for Section 60 have been brought there by suicide or post-traumatic stress disorder, a war injury newly described but dating to ancient times.

Using this section as a window into the latest wars, Poole recounts stories of courage and sacrifice by fallen heroes, and explores the ways in which soldiers' comrades, friends, and families honor and remember those lost to war-carrying on with life in the aftermath of tragedy. Section 60 is a moving tribute to those who have fought and died for our country, and to those who love them.

Author Notes

Robert M. Poole is a writer and editor whose work for National Geographic , Smithsonian , and other magazines has taken him around the world. His last book, On Hallowed Ground , earned wide critical acclaim and was one of the Washington Post 's Best Books of 2009. Poole, former executive editor of National Geographic , lives in Vermont.

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Booklist Review

The stark white tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery appear to be much the same at first glance. But as this reverent tribute shows, the men and women buried there have a wide range of stories to tell. Following Poole's On Hallowed Ground, about the history of Arlington, Section 60 describes a portion of the cemetery where soldiers from the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are being laid to rest. In crisp prose suited to its military topic, Poole eloquently shares the stories of these casualties and those they left behind, such as the woman who received a soldier's heart, the sergeant who must live with his regrets, and the father who searched for answers about how his son was killed. The deaths are a jumping-off point into larger stories of the conflicts, with detailed battle accounts and an examination of the newest challenges in warfare. But the book draws its greatest strength from the personal tales among the statistics, as the mournful notes of Taps drift over the fresh graves, again and again.--Thoreson, Bridget Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

National Geographic writer Poole (On Hallowed Ground) returns to the subject of his previous book, Arlington National Cemetery, this time focusing on one specific area of the cemetery: Section 60, the burial place for the casualties of Americas most recent conflicts. Pooles approach is poignant and personal: he retells a number of individual stories of soldiers who lost their lives as a direct or indirect result of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of war is the thread that ties these tales together, and Poole examines everything from booby traps to friendly fire, from PTSD to POWs/MIAs. Emotional narratives of heroism and valor share space with the voices of those irretrievably damaged by their experiences. The book possesses multiple identities-its as much about the people as their final resting place; honoring their sacrifices and condemning the necessity, inevitability, or injustice of their deaths. While book suffers from trying to do too much at once, Pooles sincerity is never in doubt. As he pieces together his subjects last days or considers the intense training and preparation of the honors teams who perform the actual burials, his respect for the military never wavers. An oddly intimate read, this a valuable look at what it costs to serve ones country. Agent: Gillian MacKenzie, Gillian MacKenzie Agency (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Starred Review. In his latest work, Poole (former executive editor, National Geographic; On Hallowed Ground) looks at the human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the lens of the most active section for burials in Arlington National Cemetery: Section 60. Each chapter recounts the deaths of service members during combat (as well as noncombat or postcombat fatalities) and details the means by which survivors negotiate their grief. For many left behind, Section 60 is a sanctuary where they find occasional solace with fellow mourners and where private rituals transform into displays of public memory. Loved ones attach photos, cards, and trinkets to headstones or place them at grave sites, turning these objects into artifacts commemorating lost lives. Throughout, Poole's insightful writing is touching and demands pauses for reflection. Until a dedicated memorial exists to honor those who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, Section 60 is the de facto memorial and this book highlights that fact. VERDICT Nonfiction enthusiasts will appreciate this work; it will especially satisfy those with an interest in the human condition. It is a book that will linger in the reader's mind.-Chris Sauder, Round Rock P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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