Disarming IEDs in Iraq

Monday, July 16, 2012

Brian Castner served two tours of duty as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. He describes the nerve-racking yet exhilarating work of disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices—or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late. He also gives an account of returning home and facing the lonely battle against the enemy within—the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off. His book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Followsexamines the toll war takes on the men and women who are fighting it.


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Comments [4]

sandra from bronx

Thank you Brian for this brave and nobel work and for this enlightening interview. Please keep writing!!!

Jul. 16 2012 01:27 PM

Brian! Thank you so much - this is leadership!

I do hope that they give you my comment - PLEASE for me check out - for $15 this week you can do a webinar Tapas Fleming has had so much success with people from the battlefields since VietNam. (her background is yoga and acupuncture and she discovered) a very amazing, simple technique. Please do it for me - I'm from Buffalo! :) You will not regret it.

Jul. 16 2012 01:27 PM

Oh, please ask what the reforming in longer pathways means for the author -- does it take longer to remember things? To learn?

Such an intriguing remark.

Jul. 16 2012 01:20 PM
oscar from ny

Its no coincendence that in the movie the exorcist it starst in iraq...evil vs evil..

Jul. 16 2012 01:12 PM

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