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Snapshots Sent Home: From Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine—A Memoir
by JT Blatty
US combat veteran and photographer JT Blatty journeyed to Ukraine in 2018 to capture oral history and portraits of Donbas volunteer soldiers. In frontline bunkers and Kyiv flats, her story began to blend with theirs in a universal bond of combat veterans, compelling her to stay as a new war began. (Memoir)
“… an intimate, finely-written memoir about the truths and realities shared by soldiers everywhere. … Blatty ruminates about the nature of comradeship, patriotism, longing, loss, life and death; memory and love. … this devastatingly moving book … should be read by anyone who cares about what we do on history’s battlefields, and about how we process what we have done afterwards. … will stay on in readers’ minds for a long time to come.”
—Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer, The New Yorker; author of Che Guevara and The Fall of Baghdad
“ … a sweeping and illuminating account … powerful, engaging narrative … kaleidoscopic portrait of her experiences, and those of the people she meets and grows close with along the way. … Blatty shares her and their stories with immediacy, honesty, and depth. … a sense of place and people that is usually only arrived at by being there; the men and women who people this book are richly and vividly drawn, like characters in a good novel. … challenging, revelatory, and important … This book is a rare and moving testament to the ties that bind those who experience war and its ongoing, lasting effects.”
—Alexa Dilworth, independent writer and editor; former publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
JT Blatty graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and served six years as an active duty US Army officer. She deployed with the first troops into Afghanistan following 9/11 and into Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After completing her US military service, JT pursued photography and writing as a career. Her work has been published in numerous national and regional publications.
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