Thomas J. Brennan, USMC (Ret), Finbarr O'Reilly
Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War
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A unique joint memoir by a u. S. Marine and a conflict photographer, whose unlikely friendship helped both heal their war-wounded bodies and souls war tears people apart, but it can also bring them together. Through the unpredictability of war and its aftermath, a decorated marine sergeant and a world-trotting war photographer became friends, their bond forged as they patrolled together through the dusty alleyways of helmand province and camped side by side in the desert. It deepened after sergeant tj brennan was injured during a taliban ambush, and both returned home. Brennan began to suffer from the effects of his injury and from the fallout of his tours in iraq and afghanistan. But war correspondents experience similar rates of post-traumatic stress as combat veterans. The causes can be different, but guilt plays a prominent role in both. For brennan, it's the things he's done, or didn't do, that haunt him. Finbarr o'reilly's conscience is nagged by the task of photographing people at their most vulnerable while being able to do little to help, and his survival guilt as colleagues die on the job. Their friendship offered them both a shot at redemption. --provided by publisher.