Ballad for Baghdad: An Ex-Hippie Chick Viet Nam War Protester's Three Years in Iraq

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Morgan James Publishing, Nov 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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How did an ex-hippie chick Viet Nam War protester become a fierce soldier supporter, living in a combat zone in an increasingly unpopular war? From 2004 to 2007, Ali Elizabeth Turner had the chance of a lifetime to learn firsthand that freedom isn't free and to say a much belated "thank you" for her freedom by working in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation centers in Baghdad. She heard the stories of hundreds of Iraqis, Coalition soldiers, interpreters, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, and contractors from around the world. She was in Baghdad for the return of Iraq to the Iraqis, Saddam's ongoing antics in court, all three Iraqi elections, and Saddam's trial and execution. No matter what you think of Operation Iraqi Freedom, you deserve to hear the stories that go beyond the politics--stories of courage, compassion, miracles, and humor. Read and see if you don't end up "singing the Ballad"!

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About the author (2008)

Ali Elizabeth Turner is a self-described ""recovered feminista/socialista"" who grew up in Seattle during the years of the Civil Rights Movement, the Hippie Movement, and the Women's Liberation Movement. She once tried to shut down Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and the Cleveland County, Ohio courthouse to protest the war in Viet Nam. Her life radically changed in the early seventies as a result of the Jesus People Movement, and she began a journey which led her from believing that soldiers were ""baby killers"" to being an ardent soldier supporter. She lived in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2004 to 2007 on several Coalition military bases, where her job was to help run Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Centers and gyms for the Coalition and Iraqi forces.

Ali previously served in capacities as varied as a private school administrator in America and Mexico, a hotel pianist, banquet server, worship leader, baker, music teacher, and pastoral counselor. She is currently a wellness coach

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