Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, Updated Edition / Edition 1

Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, Updated Edition / Edition 1

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by Andrew Carroll
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226094995

ISBN-13: 9780226094991

Pub. Date: 05/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Operation Homecoming is the result of a major initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring distinguished writers to military bases to inspire U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and their families to record their wartime experiences. Encouraged by such authors as Tom Clancy, Tobias Wolff, and Marilyn Nelson, American military

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Operation Homecoming is the result of a major initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring distinguished writers to military bases to inspire U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and their families to record their wartime experiences. Encouraged by such authors as Tom Clancy, Tobias Wolff, and Marilyn Nelson, American military personnel and their loved ones wrote candidly about what they saw, heard, and felt while in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as on the home front. These unflinching eyewitness accounts, private journals, short stories, and letters offer an intensely revealing look into extraordinary lives and are an unforgettable contribution to wartime literature.
 
“One of the chanted mantras of our time is, ‘But I support the troops.’ Terrific. Now read Operation Homecoming to find out who they are, what they think, feel, want, have learned, won and lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.”—Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal
 
“This anthology is the honest voice of war. . . . In the end, they are all one voice, a voice we must hear, and must not forget.”—Jeff Shaara
 
“These voices are stirring, chilling, and unforgettable.”—Bobbie Ann Mason
 
“[Captures] what journalists cannot, no matter how close they get—firsthand accounts from the warriors and the families they leave behind.”—Chicago Tribune
 
 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226094991
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Series:
Research Division Report / National Endowment for the Arts Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
935,927
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface by Dana Gioia 
Introduction by Andrew Carroll 

1. And Now it Begins
Heading into Combat
 
2. Hearts and Minds
Interactions with Afghans and Iraqis
 
3. Stuck in This Sandbox
Gripes, Humor, Boredom, and the Daily Grind
 
4. Worlds Apart
Life on the Home Front
 
5. This is Not a Game
The Physical and Emotional Toll of War
 
6. Home
Returning to the United States
 
Acknowldegments
Glossary 
Credits and Permissions 
Index of Contributors 
Index of Titles

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Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, Updated Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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BlueStarMom More than 1 year ago
This book is funny, heartbreaking, serious, dramatic.... I could go on and on but I will just say I enjoyed every word of it. With a son in Iraq some of it was kind of scary but I would rather know what my son is dealing with than not.