My name is Michael Anthony and I am author of : Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq.
They say the Army makes a man out of you—but for 18-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, that fabled rite of passage proved a very dark journey. After soliciting his parents’ approval to enlist at only 17, Anthony began his journey with an unshakeable faith in the military born of his family’s long tradition of service. But when thrust into a medical unit of misfits as lost as he was, SPC Anthony not only witnessed the unspeakable horror of war—but the undeniable misconduct of the military—firsthand. Everything he ever believed in dissolved, forcing Anthony to rethink his loyalties, and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military he had so firmly believed in.
This searing memoir chronicles the iconic experiences that changed one young soldier forever. A seasoned veteran before the age of twenty-one, he faced the truth about the war—and himself—in this shocking and unprecedented eyewitness account.
“Michael Anthony's memoir is not about the politics of Iraq. Instead it takes us deep inside the war, inside and outside the operating room, the barracks, the talk of the soldiers, the feeling of the situation. It joins the body of war literature in a unique and powerful way.”
—Howard Zinn, Civil Rights Leader, Historian Author of: A People’s History of the United States
“Though riddled with dark, very dark, humor, Mass Casualties is “MASH” absent the light-heartedness. Michael Anthony’s account of his months as a medic in Iraq chillingly describes how the casualties of real war made him ‘dead to emotions’ as the soul’s protection from fear, anger, and grief. He traces the torturous course of emotional disfigurement. For war-lovers everywhere, it should be mandatory reading.”
United States Senator (Ret.)
Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado
"From traumatic injuries to anthrax shots, Michael Anthony has captured in intricate detail life in a combat zone operating room. As someone who's done two tours myself, even I learned an incredible amount." —Brandon R. Friedman, Iraq Veteran,
Author of: The War I Always Wanted: The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War
"A raw, honest narrative by a young soldier thrust into an atmosphere that demanded care for the wounded, yet seemingly deprived of leaders who understood their role was to help, and not to be self-absorbed." —Bing West,
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs during the Reagan Administration
Author of: The Village and No True Glory
“Mass Casualties is a raw, vivid look at the realities behind the daily news about American soldiers overseas. Michael Anthony’s voice has the rough-edged honesty of the best reporting on combat. You will think differently about news from Iraq and Afghanistan after reading this book.” —James Fallows,
Author: Blind into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq
“A scathing, satirical and often shocking trip through “the other war” in Iraq—the war within the U.S. Army, and within a soldier’s soul. Michael Anthony’s memoir is the perfect antidote for anyone who would glorify war or its impact on warriors. He has penned his generation’s MASH, with echoes of Catch 22 and Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing sagas.” —Charles Jones, journalist in the Iraq war,
Author of: Red, White or Yellow? The Media & The Military at War in Iraq
“There is a curious similarity between Michael Anthony's "Mass Casualties" diary of daily survival as a young medic in the Iraq war with one of my favorite books, Primo Levi's "Survival in Auschwitz," as a holocaust prisoner in that death camp. Both of these remarkable works introduce us to an alien world that is unimaginable unless experienced-- or witnessed through their eyes, and pain, and youthful, matter-of-fact everyday wisdom. It is hard to read about the unexpected casualties of war, among soldiers as well as prisoners, but Michael takes us on an unforgettable personal journey as filled with humor as it is with horror.” —Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D.
Lead researcher in the: Stanford Prison Study New York Times best selling author of: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
“If you are afraid of the TRUTH don’t read this book. SPC Michael Anthony’s personal experience of WAR has no censor. Reading his book is a journey into the battlefields of death, sex, and the loss of his innocence.” —Lawrence Winters, Vietnam Veteran
Author of: The Making and Un-making of a Marine