• From Baghdad, With Love

  • A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava
  • By: Jay Kopelman
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-03-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (118 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Love and hope often arrive in the strangest places and in the strangest ways. During his tour of duty in Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman of the U.S. Marines endured the emotional stress common for those involved in bloody battles for freedom. Although the rules forbid pets, Kopelman and his comrades adopted an abandoned puppy left behind after the battle for Fallujah. The dog (named Lava) befriended the Marines and journalists, and was eventually smuggled out of Iraq by the soldiers with the help of NPR reporters, John van Zante and the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Iraqi citizens, and the Iams pet food company.
©2006 Jay Kopelman (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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"Exciting." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 10-18-06

Wonderful Book

This is for everybody that loves animals. I cannot tell you how I was on the edge of my seat with the story of how this man would get the puppy out of Bagdad. I listened to it and could not put my Ipod down. It mixed the ugliness of war with the beauty of hope and love between a man and his loyal pet found in a horrible place. A must listen!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 01-29-08

Worth Five and a Half Stars

I wanted to give it six stars but needed to take half off because of the very occasional bad language and graphic description of human injury that make it not suitable for less than teens. A wonderful rollercoaster ride of a story that you know has a happy ending. AND IT'S A TRUE STORY! Fascinating insights into the US Marine Corp of which I now have a great respect for (I am an Australian, non military). The narration was perfect. I'm very glad that this book was written, and that the audio was made. Very unlikely to disappoint anyone.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. H. A. Jeffs on 04-19-12

A Great Book

It was lovely to hear the human side of war and the antics the dog gets upto!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Diane on 06-05-17

beautiful story!

A moving story! Well narrated! Suitable for anyone who appreciates the bond that forms between man and dog!

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