By Stacy Pearsall
Hardcover, 224 pages ($29.95)
The title has a double meaning. A U.S. Air Force combat photographer (and two-time National Press Photographers Association Military Photographer of the Year) assigned to units operating in Iraq, Pearsall was shooting pictures many times her platoon mates were shooting bullets. Retiring from action after being wounded in service, she’s now published this soldier’s-eye-view of life in street-level combat, behind enemy lines, in the middle of heated action and during moments of exhausted rest, all accompanied by her recollections, reflections and memories. It’s an unflinchingly honest depiction, in images and words, of war from someone who watched it, lived it and documented it at brutally close range.