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The author of the book: Sheri Fink
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Date of issue: August 13th 2003
ISBN 13: 9781586481131
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It is the gift of a fine writer, whether of fiction or non-fiction, to be able to place the reader…right there. So, that for however long you are reading, the outside world falls away, and you find yourself completely inside the experiences, thoughts, words of the actual people or characters inside a book.
Dr. Sheri Fink has done something along these lines, but by overcoming more difficult obstacles than most authors. For the story of the War Hospital in Srebrenica is not a story of a place that any of us would ever wish to be in. But there we are. And it is testament to Sheri Fink's skill as a writer that no matter how you may wish to pull away—and you will—from the first details of an amputation, to the genocide that ends the story, Dr. Fink keeps the reader riveted, going forward, much as the doctors in Srebrenica, operating for much of their time in Civil-War era-like conditions, could also not pull away, despite the very human desire, oft-mentioned, to do just that.
Sheri Fink accomplishes two tremendous things with “War Hospital.” First, this is a top-shelf work of journalism, reportage. Without shrinking away from the horrors, both physical and emotional that occur on a near-daily basis, she makes the situation, the awful situation, inside Srebrenica, plain. She makes the incomprehensible understandable. It is no small feat.
But she also writes movingly, beautifully, and never allows her straightforward, elegant writing to get in the way of the story. She plunges her hands into the rich soil of this tragedy, and presents it so that any reader can follow the terrible chain of events, the vast international failure, that led to the horrors before and following Srebrenica's fall.
There is a phrase whose overuse has rendered it nearly meaningless: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Sheri Fink's “War Hospital” is a blow against that amnesia. I hope that such books—as brilliant as this one—may not for long need to be written again.
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Read information about the authorDr. Sheri Fink’s reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. Most recently, her coverage of the 2012 hurricane season and its effects on the health care systems of New York City and New Orleans won the Mike Berger Award from Columbia Journalism School and the beat reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2013. Her story “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, chronicled decisions made by the medical staff of one New Orleans hospital in the desperate days after Hurricane Katrina.
Fink is a fellow at the New America Foundation. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, she received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (PublicAffairs), is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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