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I've always thought of him as a renegade genius. After serving as a U.S. Army combat medic in Baghdad, Jonathan Carp studied ancient history and political philosophy while working as a nurse and raising a family in Tacoma, Washington. Several years ago I asked him to write the stories of the people he knew who died in Iraq. Those stories broke my heart when I read them then, and they had the same effect when we re-visited them during our interview. Jonathan challenges me, intellectually and emotionally, as much as anyone I know.
Read Jonathan's stories here: Jonathan Carp, A Combat Medic in Iraq
Mentioned in This Episode:
- Frederick Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
- Saint Catherine of Siena
- John D'Emilio, Capitalism and Gay Identity
- Graham Robb, The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography
- Full Metal Jacket, opening scene
- "Soldier Was Determined to Serve: David Nicholas Crombie had to fight hard -- and rely on a little luck -- to get into the Army"
- "Army Spc. Marisol Heredia, 19, El Monte; dies after being badly burned in Baghdad"