Book Review

This Months Book Review.

From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava.

Authors:    Jay Kopelman and Melinda Roth frombagdadwithlove.jpg

Publisher:   The Lyons Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2006)


From Baghdad with love is a heart felt account of one marine’s efforts to evacuate a puppy from one of the most hostile places on earth.  This book gives us a unique perspective of the life of a marine on the front line of the war in Iraq and shows that even in the thick of battle a hardened marine shows compassion for a disheveled stray puppy and takes on a mission of a different sort – to get this puppy out of Iraq.

The book details some dark aspects of the war in Iraq and provides detail on the conditions and dangers that marines, media personnel and Iraqi Security Forces face on a daily bases.  Kopelman does well to convey these dangers and the conditions experienced by his fellow marines in snippets, side stories and the many emails that he writes to gain help in saving little Lava.

The book is a great read for people who are looking for something a bit different.  For young readers please be warned that From Baghdad, with Love contains graphic depictions of war and offensive language.

Cheeky Dog Rating:    7.5 out of 10

Book Available From:   Dymocks, Angus and Robertson and Amazon
Recommended Retail Price:     $24.95
Other Books By These Authors:        
This is Jay Kopelman's first published book.  In an interview with (click here to read this interview ) Jay has ambitions to publish another book, a novel based on a military murder mystery.
Melinda Roth has written and published two other books both of which are on the subject of dogs.  The first of these books is titled "The Man Who Talks to Dogs: The Story of America's Wild Street Dogs and Their Unlikely Savior" and Melinda's second book is titled "The Man Who Talks To Dogs: The Story of Randy Grim and His Fight To Save America's Abandoned Dogs".
To check out these titles and read the interview with Jay Kopelman visit