Read Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story Online Free - Every juncture in Jon Kerstetter’s life has been marked by a crossing from one world into another: from civilian to doctor to soldier; between healing and waging war; and between compassion and hatred of the enemy. When an injury led to a stroke that ended his careers as a doctor and a soldier, he faced the most difficult crossing of all, a recovery that proved as shattering as war itself.
Crossings is a memoir of an improbable, powerfully drawn life, one that began in poverty on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin but grew by force of will to encompass a remarkable medical practice. Trained as an emergency physician, Kerstetter’s thirst for intensity led him to volunteer in war-torn Rwanda, Kosovo, and Bosnia, and to join the Army National Guard. His three tours in the Iraq War marked the height of the American struggle there. The story of his work in theater, which involved everything from saving soldiers’ lives to organizing the joint U.S.–Iraqi forensics team tasked with identifying the bodies of Saddam Hussein’s sons, is a bracing, unprecedented evocation of a doctor’s life at war.
But war was only the start of Kerstetter’s struggle. The stroke he suffered upon returning from Iraq led to serious cognitive and physical disabilities. His years-long recovery, impeded by near-unbearable pain and complicated by PTSD, meant overcoming the perceived limits of his body and mind and re‑‑ imagining his own capacity for renewal and change. It led him not only to writing as a vocation but to a deeper understanding of how healing means accepting a new identity, and how that acceptance must be fought for with as much tenacity as any battlefield victory.
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June 04, 2017
This was a 4 out of 5 stars read for me.
A soldier. A doctor. How do you reconcile the two? Especially in a war-torn country when doctors are to "do no harm," but a soldier must "shoot to kill." This was an interesting read from a man that had to experience both. How do you ever live with yourself...
October 20, 2017
Jon Kerstetter's biography weaves a tale of war, healing, love, loss, family and determination so compelling it will resonate long after the last page. Born on a Native American reservation, Kerstetter frames his life as a series of boundary crossings. Crossing from Native American roots into the...
June 20, 2017
There are many stories written about war but this book is unique in that it's written by a Dr. whose mission was to heal, and to kill. Kerstetter, a native American who is a member of Oneida Tribe, holds nothing back recounting his 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal of a Dr. is to save liv...
November 19, 2017
This is a good book. When I got to the end I found it all the more amazing how well written it is once I knew about the author's struggles after suffering a stroke. The parts about the war are brutal at times, but so is war, so it gave greater clarity on the effects war has on those who have to f...
May 06, 2017
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I just finished reading this book, and I am completely floored. Kerstetter 's telling of his journey is unlike anything that I have ever read before and the results are a truly remarkable book. I...
October 01, 2017
"Crossings" is subtitled "A Doctor-Soldier's Story," but there's much more to it than that. It chronicles Jon Kerstetter's service as a flight surgeon in Iraq, but it also tells the story of his whole life, in which his tours in Iraq are just a small part.
The son of a single mother from the Oneid...
November 05, 2017
Crossings is a great autobiography by Dr. Jon R. Kerstetter who faced immeasurable odds all his life and presents his drive and determination to overcome them. Jon Kerstetter was born and raised during his early years on the Oneida Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Jon and his brother and sister w...
July 18, 2017
I received this book by entering a Goodreads giveaway. I entered the giveaway because the book blurb seemed intriguing- the goals of a doctor and of a soldier are diametrically opposed. One takes lives and the other tries to save lives. A memoir discussing the conflicts between the two seemed wor...
October 11, 2017
Crossings by Jon Kerstetter
I was so deeply touched by this book that it has taken some time to define my feelings and write about the book. I have never been to war, so the Prologue, which contains some very descriptive battle scenes, almost caused me to stop. I am so very glad I didn't stop rea...
September 28, 2017
I was excited to read Dr. Kerstetter’s memoir given my own connections to the military (my father was in the navy) and the medical field (my mother’s entire career has been in medicine). I thought my deepest connections to this book would be via these avenues through my own parents, but I was so...