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Iraq War Author Visits Tulsa On National Tour

Iraq War author and former Tulsa resident Fred Minnick returned to Tulsa as part of his national book tour for Camera Boy: An Army Journalist’s War in Iraq (Hellgate Press).

An Oklahoma State University graduate, Minnick’s Camera Boy details his tour in Iraq as an Army journalist, where he photographed classified operations and witnessed the intense horrors of war. Minnick documented car bombs, beheading chambers, numerous firefights and was nearly killed. He also captured the good of the war, meeting with smiling school children and tribal leaders who would change Iraqi government.

Upon his return home, he courageously battled PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Camera Boy is a story of courage, frustration (with both the military and the mainstream media), dedication and redemption. Includes 32 pages of photos taken by the author. Neither political nor analytical, Camera Boy simply tells Minnick’s riveting story. This is the first Iraq book from a public affairs soldier’s perspective.

“Fred Minnick’s Camera Boy allowed me to remember the honor and sacrifice of our soldiers and serves to remind me that every soldier can, in his or her own way, truly make a difference wherever they may serve,” said General Carter F. Ham, U.S. Army Europe Commander, who wrote the book’s foreword.

Minnick’s national book tour includes stops in Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky., Chicago, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Springfield, Mo., Springfield, Ill., Milwaukee, Wis., and Madison, Wis. The book is available wherever books are sold.

Hellgate Press is a national publisher of military history and veteran memoirs.

Fred Minnick is an international writer and photographer based in Louisville, Kentucky. View his work at

Updated 11-10-2009

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