From Baghdad, with Love

A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava

By Jay Kopelman; Melinda Roth
(Lyons Press, Hardcover, 9781592289806, 196pp.)

Publication Date: October 2006

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When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire.
What they find during the U.S -led attack on the "most dangerous city on Earth," however, is not an insurgent bent on revenge, but a tiny puppy left behind when most of the city's population fled before the bombing. Despite military law that forbids the keeping of pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat.
Thus begins the dramatic rescue attempt of a dog named Lava and Lava's rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war.
From hardened Marines to war-time journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee.

About the Author
Ex-Marine Jay Kopelman is a cyclist and the bestselling author of "From Baghdad, With Love".

Melinda Roth has worked as a state political correspondent and feature writer for the "St. Louis Riverfront Times" and as the education reporter for the "Edwardsville Intelligencer. "Raised in the Chicagoland area, she has three children and two rescued dogs.
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