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Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism    by Cindy Sheehan order for
Peace Mom
by Cindy Sheehan
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Atria, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

In spring of 2000, twenty-one year old Casey Sheehan returned home and announced that he had joined the United States Army. His surprised parents asked him why. Confused, he said, 'I thought I was supposed to.'

Casey joined the army on the Delayed Entry Program. Enticed by the recruiter's promises of college, being a chaplain's assistant, and never seeing combat, Casey thought he could help his country and be of service to his fellow soldiers. The recruiter broke every promise he made. On April 4, 2004, Casey was killed in combat just five days after he arrived in Iraq. His mother knew - even in the deep shock and pain she felt on learning that her son was dead - that she was not going to be a good scout. A gold star was not a good trade for sacrificing her son's life.

Cindy Sheehan tells the story of Casey's life and her desire to make his death stand for something other than war. This is an honest and touching account of her love for her son and the disillusionment she felt for the government who put him and other soldiers in harm's way for Weapons of Mass Destruction that never existed. A soccer mom turned activist, Sheehan helped move the peace movement, which was getting little coverage from the press, into the news.

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