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Book Title: Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism|
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v The author of the book: M.B. Dallocchio
Date of issue: September 2nd 2013
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Read full description of the books Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism:“Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism” is a dark humor novel that is introspective and capricious, despite dealing with the serious issues of childhood abuse, neo-colonialism, homicide, genocide, and ethnic persecution. It tells the story of an indigenous female soldier in the US Army who deploys to Iraq at the height of the tension of the Fallujah massacre and the Abu Ghraib scandal, and faces unexpected catastrophes and corruption. While her command leadership frivolously spends defense funds in Baghdad's Green Zone and turns local Iraqis into personal servants, she is sent along with three other soldiers to one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq, Ar Ramadi. In Ar Ramadi, she faces direct combat while performing checkpoint operations, personnel searches and house raids with Marine infantry units in addition to losing friends, earning the trust of locals, and responding to military suicides and homicides in the region. This takes place all while her command severs their supplies, escalates persecution of minorities in the company, and launders thousands of dollars in defense funds intended for equipment and radios for those in austere regions like Ar Ramadi. This unit, ironically, is an Army mental health company. A Jewish officer and the indigenous soldier fight the command and are threatened with imprisonment. Although they faced brazen retaliation, they refused to be terrorized into submission. The soldier confides in her predominantly male Marine counterparts of the abuse taking place, who then encourage her to take matters into her own hands. The soldier is forced to confront the powers that be and finds herself facing the same trials as her ancestors. She fights to prevent the same history from repeating itself in Iraq. Throughout “Quixote in Ramadi,” flashbacks to child abuse, racial inequality, and family history are tied in to reveal myriad social and racial injustices that still exist in the United States.
Read information about the authorMB Dallocchio is an artist, writer, combat veteran, and social worker with 15 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health for both the nonprofit and military mental health sectors. She served in the US Army between 1998-2006 as a medic and mental health sergeant. As a former member of Team Lioness (a team of women attached to Special Forces and Marine infantry units in Iraq) and deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2004-2005, she was one of the first women to engage in direct combat operations.
In 2006, she was awarded the David L. Boren NSEP Scholarship, the Massachusetts Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year award in 2009, and The Distinguished Women in Nevada award in 2014.
MB Dallocchio wrote the “Women Warriors” chapter in War Trauma and Its Wake (Routledge, 2012) and was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, NPR and many other outlets covering the female combat veteran experience. She has also been featured in the documentaries “Lioness” and “The Long Road Home.”
After a long road of post-war reintegration, she received her Master of Social Work degree from University of Southern California in 2016. As both a veteran and social worker, she currently specializes in artistic psychosocial rehabilitation, polytrauma, and sustainable living in the US Southwest.
For more information, please visit www.thedesertwarrior.com.
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