Home from the War: Learning from Vietnam Veterans: With a New Preface by the Author on the War in Iraq

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In Home from the War, the award-winning author and noted psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton offers a powerful critique of American militarism during the Vietnam War. Recognized as the ultimate text for those working with Vietnam veterans, the book's insights have had enormous influence among psychologists and psychiatrists all over the world.

Lifton's new preface connects the experience of Vietnam veterans with that of veterans of the war in Iraq. Both were brought into the ...

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Overview

In Home from the War, the award-winning author and noted psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton offers a powerful critique of American militarism during the Vietnam War. Recognized as the ultimate text for those working with Vietnam veterans, the book's insights have had enormous influence among psychologists and psychiatrists all over the world.

Lifton's new preface connects the experience of Vietnam veterans with that of veterans of the war in Iraq. Both were brought into the 'atrocity producing situations' that led to My Lai and Abu Ghraib. Lifton raises the possibility that Iraq veterans could experience the kind of healing transformation that many who fought in Vietnam were able to achieve.

"Home from the War is a work of major importance, integrating approaches derived from behavioral and social sciences, medicine, history and, above all, based upon a profound respect for humanity."
-G.F. Solomon, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine

"In a terrible way, Home from the War is about us all, whether we went to Vietnam or not. Read it carefully and if you cannot be moved by it or learn from it then you are probably dead."
-Gloria Emerson, author of Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War

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G.F. Solomon, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine

"Home from the War is a work of major importance, integrating approaches derived from behavioral and social sciences, medicine, history and, above all, based upon a profound respect for humanity."

Gloria Emerson, author of Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War

"In a terrible way, Home from the War is about us all, whether we went to Vietnam or not. Read it carefully and if you cannot be moved by it or learn from it then you are probably dead."

Library Journal
Lifton's 1973 text focused on the psychological harm suffered by Vietnam vets: not just those who returned obviously traumatized but also those who seemed able to cope but were full of pain, rage, and guilt. His revelations have helped numerous psychologists better help combat veteran patients. This edition contains a new preface comparing the problems of Vietnam vets with those of the military now returning from Iraq. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590511688
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/14/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 486
  • Sales rank: 836,537
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Jay Lifton

Robert Jay Lifton is the author of The Nazi Doctors, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, which won the National Book Award; Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism; and most recently, Superpower Syndrome: Americaís Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World. He teaches at Harvard Medical School and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : engaging the affliction 13
1 The hero versus the socialized warrior 23
2 America's new survivors : the image of My Lai 33
3 Rap groups 73
4 Animating guilt 97
5 Zones of rage and violence 135
6 The counterfeit universe 161
7 Gooks and men 189
8 Transformation I : from John Wayne to Country Joe and the Fish 217
9 Transformation II : learning to feel 265
10 Transformation III : self and world 281
11 Truth and prophecy 307
12 On war and warriors 329
13 On change 379
14 On healing 409
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