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Buy a book, help an Iraqi refugee

Here is one way to observe Memorial Day: Help Iraqi refugees as they settle down in this country. To do that, I’ve collected a bunch of recent books, signed by the authors, and am selling them off for $50 apiece. Send me a note telling me which books you want — the e-mail address is ...

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ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images
ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images

Here is one way to observe Memorial Day: Help Iraqi refugees as they settle down in this country. To do that, I've collected a bunch of recent books, signed by the authors, and am selling them off for $50 apiece. Send me a note telling me which books you want -- the e-mail address is over there on the right near my thumbnail bio. I will tell you if they are still available, and I also will tell you how to proceed. (Don't worry -- the checks won't be made out to me, and I will mail the books to you at my own expense.) Or, do all your Christmas shopping in one shot, and pre-emptively buy for all 11 signed books for $400.

Here are the books:

David Bellavia: House to House

Here is one way to observe Memorial Day: Help Iraqi refugees as they settle down in this country. To do that, I’ve collected a bunch of recent books, signed by the authors, and am selling them off for $50 apiece. Send me a note telling me which books you want — the e-mail address is over there on the right near my thumbnail bio. I will tell you if they are still available, and I also will tell you how to proceed. (Don’t worry — the checks won’t be made out to me, and I will mail the books to you at my own expense.) Or, do all your Christmas shopping in one shot, and pre-emptively buy for all 11 signed books for $400.

Here are the books:

David Bellavia: House to House

Andrew Exum: This Man’s Army

Nathaniel Fick: One Bullet Away

David Finkel: The Good Soldiers

Barton Gellman: Angler – The Cheney Vice Presidency

H.R. McMaster: Dereliction of Duty

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin: Game Change

Plus, all four of my books:

Fiasco

The Gamble

A Soldier’s Duty

Making the Corps

UPDATE: Wow. I didn’t realize what sort of demand there would be. All the books are sold, many times over. I am surprised at the number of people who offered to buy the whole set. I am e-mailing the winner right now. I will also sort out the rest of the purchase requests for individual books. I have lots of copies of my books, at least. Thanks to all who responded!   

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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