Things They Cannot Say

Things They Cannot Say By Kevin Sites, Things They Cannot Say What is it like to kill What is it like to be under fire How do you know what s right What can you never forget In The Things They Cannot Say award winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks thes
  • Title: Things They Cannot Say
  • Author: Kevin Sites
  • ISBN: 9780061990526
  • Page: 188
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  • Things They Cannot Say By Kevin Sites, What is it like to kill What is it like to be under fire How do you know what s right What can you never forget In The Things They Cannot Say, award winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult questions of eleven soldiers and marines, who by sharing the truth about their wars display a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics.For each of theseWhat is it like to kill What is it like to be under fire How do you know what s right What can you never forget In The Things They Cannot Say, award winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult questions of eleven soldiers and marines, who by sharing the truth about their wars display a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics.For each of these men, many of whom Sites first met while in Afghanistan and Iraq, the truth means something different One struggles to recover from a head injury he believes has stolen his ability to love another attempts to make amends for the killing of an innocent man yet another finds respect for the enemy fighter who tried to kill him Sites also shares the unsettling narrative of his own failures during war including his complicity in a murder and the redemptive powers of storytelling that saved him from a self destructive downward spiral.
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    1. Kevin Sites

      Kevin Sites has spent the past decade reporting on global war and disaster for ABC, NBC, CNN, and Yahoo News In 2005, he became Yahoo s first correspondent and covered every major conflict in the world in a single year for his website, Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone The project helped inspire the use of backpack journalism as tool for immersive reporting He is the author of two books for Harper Perennial, In the Hot Zone One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars 2007 and The Things They Cannot Say Stories Soldiers Won t Tell You About What They ve Seen, Done, Or Failed To Do in War 2013.He is also a recipient of several major awards, including The Edward R Murrow Award and The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism In 2010 he was chosen as a Harvard University Nieman Journalism Fellow and in 2012 was selected for an Ochberg Fellowship at Columbia University s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.He earned a Masters Degree from Northwestern University s Medill School He is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Hong Kong s Journalism and Media Studies Centre.

    319 thoughts on “Things They Cannot Say”

    1. This was a powerful, painful, and utterly haunting book Not to mention the added intensity of internet links which provided actual video footage of uncensored battles, injuries, and everyday life in Iraq and Afghanistan that supplement the book itself And, of course, I had to watch each and every one of these bloody and disturbing videos because I m me and totally twisted like that In this wonderfully written book, stories are gathered from those who have served not only in the American military [...]


    2. When a soldier decides not to share his life defining moments in war with his wife, parents, children or community because of the accompanying guilt, shame, pain or any other valid reason, it increases the likelihood that he will feel alienated from the society for which he was fighting the alcohol, drugs, and other self medicating outlets for soldiers dealing with PTSD further isolate him the warrior who does share the descriptive and often disturbing narrative of his own war experiences recon [...]


    3. Only on page 132 and am finding it increasingly difficult to read this book for any length of time at one sitting It is not that the book is not well written, it is because it is an intense, emotional drain I find myself vacillating between the urge to cry from bone deep sorrow and wanting to scream at someone in anger for what these boys men endured and continue to endure Though truthfully the word endure seems to fall far short of their experience I believe some books require reading if one is [...]


    4. I read this alongside The Outpost see review This is a compelling, nuanced, and honestly introspective memoir of first hand experiences in war He begins with an anecdote about his guilt over failing to stop US soldiers from executing an unarmed prisoner He is also burdened with remorse for failing to report in a timely manner when it may have influenced America s view of the war in Iraq other atrocities he witnessed as an embedded journalist Although I don t recommend The Outpost, it was interes [...]


    5. This is raw A collection of accounts of the battle trauma suffered by a number of veterans, principally in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the author was embedded as a journalist The book is prefaced by an exploration of his own experiences and the impact they had on him The book is really a classic collection of case studies of young men, who brought back, not only physical wounds but the mental wounds , now known as PTSD They are text book case studies They not only show up the consistencies betwe [...]


    6. THE THINGS THEY CANNOT SAY written by Kevin Sites, an independent cameraman that goes into combat zones with Soldiers and Marines to document what really happens in the heat of war This book follows the lives of several people in the U.S and foreign armed forces and their hardships during and post war Kevin Sites wrote this book with the intention of informing He s also posted several YouTube videos of what he recorded It s very informative The book also is meant to give insight into a Marine So [...]


    7. This has to be one of the most intense books I have ever read I am not a soldier, nor has anyone very close to me been in situations such as the stories told in this book I am not quite sure why I entered the drawing to win this book, but I am so glad that I did.At times throughout the book, the stories of war, death and the emotions were so great that I felt as though I could cry for all the pain the people were going through It is not another war book though It captures the lives of those who [...]


    8. This book details the worst moments in the lives of soldiers at war from their point of view, illustrating how they often return from the physical life and death struggle of war to an anguished psychological life and death struggle in the aftermath The author makes the very compelling case that when we, as citizens, send our soldiers to war, we have a moral obligation to hear their stories and take a share of the burdens they carry back with them I have taken this lesson to heart and am very gra [...]


    9. I read a lot of history books, particularly on war Most history is about war, as sadly war often defines us Most books I read on this subject focus only on what happened, why and the outcome on nations This book is about what happens to those we send to fight them, a much lesser told story, but one that really needs to be understood by people The book is not explicitly anti or pro war, it just explains the hidden cost most want to ignore For me the message is not for a nation to avoid all wars [...]


    10. Absolutely intense and personal look into the acts of commission and omission that our servicemen and women face in war and how they bring it back with them This book is compiled through interviews with soldiers of different nations and from wars from Vietnam to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq The mental stresses they bring back with them and the toll it has on them makes the stark realization that we as a nation have a future filled with individuals who served their country willingly a [...]


    11. This book very clearly addresses a problem that our society tends to place out of sight, the effects of war on those who are actually engaged in it We tend to keep our conflicts at an arms length, especially the most current one, which puts us in a poor position to understand the experiences that our soldiers go through As a person who is in the presence of death nearly every time I work, I can understand the burden that it places on your psyche This book clearly tells the tale of soldiers from [...]


    12. 7 31 13 A must read for anyone who cares about veterans Kevin Sites has done a good job of looking at the hidden costs of war on the young men our country sends to fight our wars This book does a wonderful job of explicating the psychological and spiritual wounds combat inflicts on those who fight as well as those who observe As a 2013 book, I wish Sites had included a woman s experience perspective but hopefully he will do this in his next work As a trauma psychologist, I was very pleased to se [...]


    13. I recieved this book through a First Reads giveaway.I originally signed op for this book for my husband, who reads mostly military books In the end I liked it than him.The stories are amazing, and its shocking to hear some of the things said Its heartbreaking to imagine so many young men killing others Its given me a lot of perspective.I would recommend this to any American We should all strive to understand the sacrifices being made for us.


    14. If you want to get a firsthand account of what horrors some of our soldiers have seen and been through, and what the after effects are that follow them home to their regular lives and families, read this book We may never have to go through what they did, but seeing their side and seeing some of their photos will make you see things in a different light too.


    15. As a veteran this book helped me realize that I am not alone There are so many stories left untold A great read.


    16. So this is a collection of stories from actual war veterans who fought in many of the different wars that happened over time but mostly focused on the stories from those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan It was well written and all but not really my thing It is hard to visualize the things they go through and still be able to sleep at night I found a lot of what they had to do hard to swallow and I am unsure how much good was caused from most of it I don t generally read a lot of war stories so [...]


    17. I read this book as part of my social work class on the experiences of combat veterans, and it was excellent It does a lot to highlight the experiences of combat vets, but also the moral dilemmas and injuries that can come from different situations that service members are placed in during war It s hard for me to disentangle the book from the entire course experience, but the stories were haunting, beautifully written, and powerful Highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand the experie [...]


    18. Hard book to read, harder as it progressed There is hope within despair, but the journey is arduous for the truly reflective Sites asks us to challenge ourselves while he takes us on a journey of personal cleansing through the stories of others Redemption, remorse, recovery and revelation, where we end up is our choice and dependent on our personal honesty, our inner history vs outer fate pg 219 Give it a read if you are trying to understand.


    19. I thought this book intriguing to say the least I think it is important to discuss the aftermath of war, the toll it not only has on the country but the individuals caught in the middle It is unfortunate that the leaders who bring these men into the crossfire of war, don t fully understand the extent of the trauma that seems to be spiking thereafter Not only in these current wars, but the wars before us.


    20. I expected to have a lot of trouble getting into this book That proved to be correct but not for the reason I was anticipating I thought I would find descriptions of war, potentially graphic scenes of battle, and confessions to acts that conscionable men would never do in civilized society Instead, the first part of the book was made up of personal soul searching by the author The author talked about things that he as a journalist witnessed and perhaps could have directly influenced if he had be [...]


    21. I should probably do a bit research on how well Sites work has been received by both his journalist colleagues and combat veterans who have read his work I loved the line wherein the Dutch sniper tells him, I hate jouralists, and Sites replies with, Get in line I think Sites has some extremely valuable insights into how we as a society are disconnected from what it is we have our warriors do in our collective name see Andrew Bacevich, Breach of Trust How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Thei [...]


    22. Well first of all, this book is amazing in many ways Kevin Sites really got to know these soldiers that are out there suffering all day long for the war and to see him out there too also made me thing that he is pretty brave I really like the way of how he introduces the reader to the soldier that he is interviewing, by talking about his past, or where he was from, it s pretty essential that he would put that in because it keeps me interested Overall this book is pretty great if you want to kno [...]


    23. I have a kind of weird criticism for this The focus is ostensibly the soldiers and their stories and the things they cannot say But a lot of the book is about the author, who seems to be as deeply haunted by his demons as some of his interviewees are by theirs if this were an autobiography, why not but to me it seemed disrespectful that he had to constantly interrupt other peoples stories to remind us about his experiences and his guilt and his etc was it a way of showing how genuinely he could [...]


    24. Sarah s review pretty much hits the nail on the head, and she described my thoughts about this book better than I probably could The book s purpose is to look directly at the violence of war and killing others, asking not only how soldiers do it, but how they handle it or even if they can handle it Kevin Sites really makes a case on why sharing traumatic stories is the first step to recovery amongst veterans I have family who have served in every US Military branch yes, even the Coast Guard coun [...]


    25. I came across this book soon after finishing an online course about the paradoxes of war offered by Princeton check it out as well It completely changed my perspective and I was looking to find out This book is amazing for doing exactly that, by providing the untold stories of those who fight, kill and then come back home The book tells their stories, which were collected by the author, a war journalist The book is very honest, at times brutal, telling about the reality of mental and physical c [...]


    26. When I began this book, I was mentally prepared to be confronted with horrific stories of war It s no secret that soldier witness things we in the normal world can t even imagine and I was excited to finally read some unfiltered truth And there were many things that shocked and brought light to this hostile environment these men and women are living in.But sadly there was one major factor that bugged me To me the purpose of this book was not the sharing of soldiers stories, it felt as if the aut [...]


    27. Such an amazing compilation of war stories from the lives of US veterans Almost all who are struggling with one form or another of PTSD From WWII Korea Vietnam Iraq Afghanistan, this book does not glorify war, does not condemn war, nor does it take sides It simply shows what it is like to live with decisions that only one who is caught up in war has had to make during battle To kill in, to help the dying, to neglect the dying or endangered enemy in combat, to live with the devastating aftermath [...]


    28. The side of war nobody s speaking of What fills me with anger is that certain people are profiting by making WAR a subject of entertainment I wasn t paying much attention to it by that i mean some movies and especially video games nowadays before reading the book It s absurd to praise war in the sake of entertainment and profit, that many of those doing it had never experienced it first hand What fills me with anger as well is that shifting through pages i was in no power to help the individuals [...]


    29. I loved this book I read in a literal day, that is how much I couldn t bear to put it down Full of raw pain, honesty, strength, the struggle with betrayal and injustice and the fight between the good and bad of a humans own soul, this book captured it all perfectly and left me crying on the floor after the first chapter Figuratively, not literally, but oh the emotions.This is such an intense and powerful book It really highlights war in all it s uncensored and haunting truth, and is a real eye o [...]


    30. Written by journalist author, Kevin Sites, he seems to be a hero to tell these stories about soldiers and marines experiences before and after Iraq and Afghanistan wars Kevin started this Book in Boston s Harvard University in Cambridge with a 60,000 Stipend payment award The Iraq war was led by U.S to defeat Saddam Hussein s government The Afghanistan war was led by U.S after their bombing September 11 of N.Y World Trade Centers Kevin writes about war and courage experiences, many experiences w [...]


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