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The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Oktober 2003

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“A real-life Hawkeye Pierce . . . [Khassan Baiev] has humanized the Chechens, whom others have portrayed as terrorists. Russian president Vladimir Putin has tried to equate Russia's fight against the Chechens with the U.S. battle against al-Qaida. Those who read this stirring memoir will be hard-pressed to see the situation so simply.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[The Oath] gives American readers an important perspective to consider as our government's quest for support in the war on terror constrains it from condemning atrocities committed by allies . . . As in The Pianist, one marvels at how a man can continually escape seemingly certain death and persevere under the most perverse conditions . .. Humanity behind the headlines — an eye-opener.”
Booklist, starred review

“A compelling portrait of the Chechen people and the effects of war on innocent victims, demonstrating the depths to which human beings can sink and the heights to which they can rise.”
Kirkus Reviews

"The Oath is a heart wrenching, superbly written and gripping account of one of the most brutal, and forgotten, wars of the past decade. Dr Khassan Baiev is a living hero whose story is simultaneously inspiring, horrifying and impossible to put down. This is a profoundly insightful and compelling book that deserves to be widely read."
—Dr Eric Hoskins and Dr Samantha Nutt, President and Executive Director, War Child Canada

“A truly moving, compelling, and dramatic account of raw courage and extraordinary human suffering, inflicted on the Chechen people by a ruthless invasion relentlessly pursued by the Kremlin and studiously ignored by the West.”
—Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor

The Oath is an example of courage and compassion at the service of suffering humanity. It should serve as an inspiration for all those who want to bring a loving hand to the victims of our world's cruelties.”
—Dominique Lapierre, author of City of Joy, and co-author of Freedom at Midnight and Oh Jerusalem!

“This book is an extraordinary and deeply affecting personal story of a doctor’s commitment to serve both his people and the values of medicine in the face of harrowing circumstances — where military forces showed not the slightest respect for civilians and where Dr. Baiev had to provide medical care under conditions that resemble those of the American Civil War. But its significance is deeply political as well, raising the uncomfortable question how those in Europe and the United States can ignore the carnage, the suffering and the lies that allow this brutal campaign to continue. I wish all our leaders would read this book.”
—Leonard S. Rubenstein, Executive Director, Physicians for Human Rights

“Such moments inspire and Baiev emerges as an honorable character, made all the more human because he doesn’t claim to be driven by long-held notions of saving the world. He does the right thing at the right time; you’d like to think anyone in his position would act accordingly, but the horrifying thing about war is how it persuades so many not to.”
Seattle Times

The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire is as much a memoir as it is a painful attempt to try to keep the memory of the human rights violations in Chechnya from being buried under shifts in geopolitical realities. In a sense Baiev is trying to bear witness. It’s a role that comes naturally to him.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Baiev’s vivid, disturbing account unfolds in the mind’s eye like a movie. His extraordinary empathy for both sides is inspiring.”
Boston Sunday Globe

“Revealing and fascinating…Exceptional...The description of Baiev’s departure to New York from the Moscow airport, where he was stopped, interrogated, and eventually allowed to board the plane as the doors were being closed, is so suspenseful…Baiev’s description of the nature of medical and surgical practices in the United States as compared with what he experienced back home is itself a reason to read the book…This is an important testimony that belongs in the annals of the history of medicine.”
—Mark Field, Ph.D., commenting on the article on Dr. Baiev’s book in the February 12 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine

“Occasionally a book speaks so directly to our times that it transcends the limitations of the written word. Such a book is The Oath.”
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'My country is a medical disaster area, and I cannot rest until I return. But I know I can't go home again - at least not yet - not while Russian troops and a few Chechen extremists are pursuing me. The Kremlin called me a terrorist doctor because I treated Chechen freedom fighters. The extremists called me a traitor because I treated wounded Russian soldiers. In truth, it was the civilians I treated most and they still need my help.' As the struggle for independence in his native Chechnya moved into its bloodiest phase, Dr Khassan Baiev was enjoying a life of affluence as a plastic surgeon in Moscow but he knew he had to go home. Horrified by the violence and destruction, Dr Baiev set to treat the appalling casualties with out-of-date equipment, often donating his own blood for operations. During one particularly gruesome period, he performed sixty-seven operations in forty-eight hours until his hands were too heavily blistered to continue. It is remarkable how anyone could perform intricate surgery under such conditions, but Baiev was driven by his allegiance to the Hippocratic Oath: a vow to serve anyone who needed help. The Oath placed him outside politics, but in the eyes of t -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Es ist kaum zu erklären, worin die faszination in diesem Buch für mich liegt. Auf der einen Seite der unbändige Willen Partei für eine der Seiten zu ergreifen und dennoch immer in der Schusslinie zu stehen macht sicher einen gewissen Teil aus.

Auf der anderen Seite die Beschreibung des Lebens in Kriegszeiten. Nie zuvor hatte ich die perspektive verstanden, dass auch während des Krieges "Normalität" in das Leben einziehen kann.

The Oath beschreibt die Geschichte eines Chirurgen - von der Kindheit bis zur Flucht ins Ausland. Gibt dabei Einblicke in die Lebensart und Tradition der Menschen, in deren Mitte er aufgewachsen ist und zeigt ein Bild des Krieges, wie es sonst nie zu sehen ist.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thrilling, heartbreaking must read primer on the human toll of war 2. Juni 2006
Von Mercy Bell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
If you are interested in war, modern politics, news, or human rights, you need to read this book. It shows what warfare is really like, what happens to people after governments make decisions. And it is heartbreaking, but you cannot put it down.

The conflict in Chechnya is mostly forgotten and then often miscontrued topic for most of the world. Dr. Khassan Baiev's memoir sheds a light on the horrors of life in Chechnya since 1994, what this ghastly, genocidal war means for the common people and Russian grunts. Baiev is a surgeon with a big heart, and never turned anyone away. He explains casualties from the rather disturbing anatomical perspective of a surgeon, illustrating how fragile bodies and how much pain people can suffer.

The book starts with his life before the war: of the ancient and beautiful Chechen traditions, of the extreme and often brutal Russian racism. As you read the book, the cultural differences between the ancient highlander Chechens and the rest of the Western world seem dwarfed by how lovely their life was, and how, as you read it, you can see yourself in their world. What stays with you is that once you empathize on this level, the eruption of war and desolation is utterly heartbreaking. Because Baiev lived it we see an intimate world being shattered, not a headline.

Baiev (narrowly) survives years of war until both the Russians and Chechen guerillas are out for his head because his clientele includes everyone (and mostly civilians) so he has to escape to America, and eventually moved to Boston. His observants description of coming to America, seeing how peaceful it is here, how people of many races coexist, and how a town in Vermont took care of his family, gives you a deeper appreciation for what we have in this country and that many take for granted.

I've never read anything that captures so vividly and personally the heartbreakingly human face of war. I think everyone should read it just to be educated on something that is going on at this moment, but that many people do not know about or simply don't understand. It speaks of overwhelming swaths of cruelty and evil, but also transcendent moments of grace and joy, humanity between enemies. Baiev treated anyone who needed help, so we see souls, not sides.

What steals the breath from you, what made me rather emotional, is how war is revealed here as so useless, so tragic, so profoundly evil because we are all people, and war destroys and perverts this sacred life that we all share in.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Horrifying, enlightening and edifying. 13. Februar 2004
Von Eliot B. Muir - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I truly feel privileged to have read this book, to have met the author and hear him speak (at the Northwest Book Festival in October 2003). I know of no modern book that brings home the horrors that citizens face during war, while offering the inspiration of the human spirit to go on in the midst of it all, like "The Oath." Baiev's horrific, personal story is worth the read in itself. However, the perspective he brings to the conflict and its origins is incredibly vital to the world situation today.

Further, in my humble opinion, the atrocities that surrounded him must be witnessed by those of us who can spread word of what war is truly like. He was chased from his homeland because both the Russians and Chechnyans wanted to kill him for treating the wounded on all sides of the conflict -- and, yes, there are more than two sides to this conflict. Of course, most of the time he treated innocent civilians caught in the middle of it all. He also discusses the process that Putin used to curry President Bush's favor in ignoring Russian atrocities by labeling the Chechnyans as terrorists. In so doing, he shows how terribly abusive this label has become in today's world of politics. I can't recommend a book more than this one. It's a must read, in my opinion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read book for all thinking people 28. August 2004
Von Artem Tokarev - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Khassan Baiev wrote absolutely amazing book about his life growing up in the former Soviet Union and later working as a surgeon under extremely harsh wartime conditions in the breakaway republic of Chechnya. His character represents the very best of such human qualities as integrity, compassion, and selfless devotion to duty, which contrast so sharply with all the ugliness of the violent armed conflict between Russia and Chechnya. His life is an extremely powerful story, and I am firmly convinced that his book should be displayed on the front shelves of all bookstores in America. Khassan Baiev's character represents what all of us should strive for - maybe then we have a chance to make our world a better place to live.
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1. The book is a narrative written by Dr Hassan Baiev, a Surgeon from Chechnya, from the diaries written by him during the two wars fought between Chechans and Russians. It is a story of a doctor who lived through the tough and intriguing days of Chechans efforts to seek freedom and Russia's response to those efforts.

2. Born and brought up in Chechnya, Dr Hassan studied Medicines at Siberia. There after he specialized in Plastic Surgery and had a lucrative practice at Moscow. In the run up to first attempt of Chechans to declare independence from Russia and the Russian response, he decided to leave every thing at Moscow and head for his village Alkhan Kala, to be on the side of people suffering the war, Chechans and Russian, rebels and soldiers alike. There were no gains in this move. It only brought misery and sufferings to the doctor.

3. This saga of his velour under fire and self less service continued even during second attempt to seek freedom by Chechans and the usual Russian response ( which the doctor calls second war). In this era of trials and tribulations where at the end both Chechan rebels and Russians wanted the doctor to be killed / arrested for treating Russians and Chechans (including rebels) respectively, he stood firm on his belief and his Hippocratic oath to treat every one who was suffering and needed medical attention. A difficult and tall order indeed to maintain sanity and above all your values, when your own people are dying around you.

4. Some of the events mentioned look unreal to happen in the era of information explosion and the narrative sounds a bit self centred in some parts, but then two things must be remembered. One the war is a dirty business where any thing is possible and second is, he is not a writer by profession but a doctor. What comes out shining out of the book is this mans commitment to his values and his oath as a medical man, two sterling qualities which are fast becoming uncommon in materialistic world of the day.

5. He lives in exile in USA as back home he is a hounded man by both Chechan rebels and Russians. A reading of this book is must for all those who value human life and ethics and who recognize struggle some lone individuals put up to uphold them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An unforgettable story 24. Oktober 2003
Von Mary Davies - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book was a page-turner for me, tugging my emotions in all directions. It brings to vibrant life an alien culture and lifestyle in a way that makes one understand and empathize with those who live it. The descriptions of the seemingly indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population of Chechnya by the overwhelming might of the Russian military machine are sometimes agonizing to read. Anyone who has the least bit of interest in what goes on in the world outside America should be fascinated by this shocking story of a Chechen patriot who consciously chooses good over evil on a daily basis in spite of the extraordinary sacrifices and danger involved. I am haunted by his story but, although there is horror in it, the feeling that stays with me is the deep admiration I feel for Khassan Baiev, a man who did not set out in life to be a hero but became one anyway. He has reaffirmed my belief that there are amazingly good people to be found in all parts of the world.
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