American Veterans on War: Personal Stories from WW II to Afghanistan

American Veterans on War: Personal Stories from WW II to Afghanistan

by Elise Forbes Tripp
     
 

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The United States is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—wars that seem as far from Americans’ understanding as they are distant from our shores.

With American Veterans on War, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our current wars and their predecessors home in the words of 55 veterans aged 20 to 90. The veterans raise questions about when wars are… See more details below

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The United States is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—wars that seem as far from Americans’ understanding as they are distant from our shores.

With American Veterans on War, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our current wars and their predecessors home in the words of 55 veterans aged 20 to 90. The veterans raise questions about when wars are worth fighting, what missions can and can’t be won, and the costs and benefits of US intervention, both around the world and domestically. Recent veterans tell wrenching stories of coping with hostile forces without uniforms, of not knowing who is friend or foe, and of the lasting traces of combat once they’ve returned home.

American Veterans on War provides a sweeping overview of three-quarters of a century of American wars, properly grounding that history in the words of the men and women whose bodies were on the line.

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Publishers Weekly
This collection of American war stories from the past 70 years features oral histories of veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, allowing vets the chance to share their experiences.While individual accounts differ, elements of their experiences surface as universals: war is dehumanizing and tragic, American military involvement since WWII has been of questionable political motivation, and civilians should not conflate a lack of support for a military action with blaming the troops who are following orders. Tripp (Surviving Iraq) has done a remarkable job curating these stories, and it is the interviews with individuals from lesser-known demographics—veterans of the Korean War (often known as The Forgotten War) and women involved in Vietnam—that make this collection unique. The candor with which veterans speak of segregation, racism, drug use, combat atrocities, politics, and their attempts to do right by local populations are compelling and resonant. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623710002
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
460
Sales rank:
1,134,517
File size:
2 MB

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