A liberal American psychiatrist joins the Army after the 9/11 attacks, trying to 'do the right thing' by taking care of the young soldiers who are in the front lines of the fighting. Through four swirling tours of Iraq, he is profoundly touched by, and learns life lessons from, his soldier patients, as well as the Iraqi civilians that he interacts with. This book describes the adventure of his training and combat tours, and may serve as an inspiration for others to take up the torch by becoming soldiers themselves.
From his lower middle class background to his Ivy League education and subsequent medical career, the author had already transitioned through some interesting life changes. When the airliners struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, he embarked on what was to be the biggest change of all and became a US Army doctor in the Iraq war. In 2010 he left the Army and returned to his civilian career, but with some major changes including a new family and four children.