Madness of It All: Essays on War, Literature and American Life

Madness of It All: Essays on War, Literature and American Life

by W. D. Ehrhart
     
 

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"I cannot begin to count the number of times over the past 37 years that I have wished I had never heard of Vietnam, let alone fought in the Vietnam War. That experience has haunted my days. It has troubled my nights. It has shaped my identity and colored the way I see the world and everything in it"—from the Preface.

W.D. Ehrhart, called "one of the great

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"I cannot begin to count the number of times over the past 37 years that I have wished I had never heard of Vietnam, let alone fought in the Vietnam War. That experience has haunted my days. It has troubled my nights. It has shaped my identity and colored the way I see the world and everything in it"—from the Preface.

W.D. Ehrhart, called "one of the great poets and writers of nonfiction produced by the Vietnam War" by The Nation, here presents 43 essays, whose topics include not only the Gulf, Vietnam, and Korean wars, the conflict between Israel and Palestine, war and journalism, and American war poetry, but also junk mail, the Internet, the IRS, tugboats, drawbridges, race relations, the justice system, health care, and small town life in America, nicotine addiction, the bravado of youth, honesty and American culture, the rhetoric of national mythology, and presidential isolation, among others.

Editorial Reviews

curator of the Vietnam War Literature Collection at Colorado State University - John Newman
As a poet and editor, Bill Ehrhart is clearly one of the major figures in Vietnam War literature
The Nation
one of the great poets and writers of nonfiction produced by the Vietnam War
Library Journal
delightful...fascinating...a first-rate book...highly recommended
Booknews
Memoirist, poet, and educator W.D. Ehrhart has written five books, multiple essays, and dozens of poems about the Vietnam War. This collection brings together 43 essays previously published between 1992 and 2002 in various journals and books. In addition to the Gulf, Vietnam, and Korean wars, and war in general, the essays explore a wide range of contemporary topics, including the American legal system, the isolation of American presidents, the tobacco industry, race relations, the IRS, health care, computer technology, junk mail, dishonesty, small-town life, and life on the Delaware River. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413331
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/22/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Memoirist, poet and editor and former Marine W.D. Ehrhart teaches English and history at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. The author of 20 books, his prose and poetry have appeared in hundreds of publications including the Los Angeles Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Utne Reader, Reader's Digest, American Poetry Review and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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