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Chaplain Turner's War
Chaplain Turner's War
Life and Faith on the Frontlines with the U.S. Army in Iraq

Religion Reporter of the Year, 2009, from the Religion Newswriters Association

Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting, 2009, from the Military Reporters and Editors

Clarion Award, 2009, from the Association for Women in Communications

"[Q]uiet and moving. Her portrayal of the burdens of war, both emotional and physical, unfolds through the story of a 35-year-old chaplain and the soldiers of Bravo Company. … She reports sensitively on the damage war does to soldiers' marriages and to their faith, even to the faith of a chaplain."
--Judges' panel for the Military Writers and Editors Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting

For the first time ever, former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Moni Basu's entire series of articles covering Chaplain Darren Turner and the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, have been collected into one book and expanded upon with additional material by the author.

There have been few looks as honest as this one at the people who are so often overlooked in this long, controversial war: those soldiers serving on the front lines and the men and women both abroad and back home who supported them without question. Chaplain Turner's War tells that story, through the unflinching, quietly compassionate voice of Darren Turner.

After an aimless youth, Darren Turner found direction for his life through a spiritual calling to the ministry, to "soothe souls scarred by war." He became an army chaplain and was sent to Iraq as part of the brutal spring 2007 surge. During his time, Chaplain Turner functioned as a confessor, a spiritual guide, and an emotional rock to the thousand men in his battalion.

The experiences of the young men and women Chaplain Turner served speak with a clarity and force that will touch readers everywhere. It is a story of people who are so often taken for granted as steely warriors, and so rarely appreciated as heroes returning home with a lifetime of emotional weight. Chaplain Turner's War is a must-read for anyone interested in the end of the Iraq War and the perspective of those most directly involved in the conflict.

Moni Basu embedded with Chaplain Turner's battalion in January 2008, where she reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The articles that formed the basis of Chaplain Turner's War were first published in June 2008.

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Other awards for Moni Basu and Chaplain Turner's War:

Asian-American Journalists Association, 2009. First prize, print.

South Asian Journalists Association, 2009. Named an outstanding story on any subject by a journalist of South Asian origin.
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, 2009. Second place, narrative feature.

Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, 2008. Notable narrative.

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Title Chaplain Turner's War
Subtitle Life and Faith on the Frontlines with the U.S. Army in Iraq
Author Moni Basu
BISAC Subject Heading HIS027170 HISTORY / Military / Iraq War (2003-2011)
Audience 01 General / trade
Format ePub
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1-57284-405-1
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-405-6
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572844056
Reference no. 978-1-57284-405-6
Publication Date 27 April 2012
List Price $4.99


Press Reviews

Religion Writer of the Year Award, Religion Newswriters Association
Chaplain Turner's War has "credibility and authenticity because the writer, in the best tradition of unblinking reporting, told her readers what she witnessed firsthand."
- Judges' panel from the RNA awards, 2009

Supple Award Winner, Religion Newswriters Association
"...A vivid, touching entry about the many-faceted role of religion in an ungodly circumstance."
- Supple award judges' panel from the RNA awards, 2009

Joseph Galloway Award Winner, The Military Writers and Editors, 2009
"...Quiet and moving. Her portrayal of the burdens of war, both emotional and physical, unfolds through the story of a 35-year-old chaplain and the soldiers of Bravo Company. … She reports

- Joseph Galloway judges' panel

Oregon Live
Jul 31, 2012
It's more honest and more human than a lot of books you might read about Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. … One of the things that I appreciate most about it is that almost the entire

- Mike Francis

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