by Bob Drury
Rodale Inc (e-book)
Signature Wound is not a typical anti-war book, but it will serve as a deterrent to anyone considering a career that will take them to battlegrounds that employ improvised explosive devices (IEDs). That includes Iraq, where IEDs have blown up convoys, and Afghanistan, where, as Bob Drury reveals, they are used to take out foot patrols (few Afghan roads are wide enough for military vehicles). In this harrowing Kindle Single the author talks to American soldiers who have sacrificed their mobility and masculinity for their country. 'Depending on the size of the mine, all or part of your 'package' might be blown off,' Drury writes, adding that flying detritus can cause infection leading to full or partial penis amputations. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban apparently favour mines that grievously injure rather than kill because taking out four men - one victim and three who aid him - is more effective than a single slaying. About the only part of the book offering any optimism is that which describes the 'ballistic underwear' being developed for American soldiers.