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In 2005 and 2006, Tripp (American history, adjunct, Holyoke Community Coll.) took down oral accounts from 30 U.S. military veterans, men and women from diverse races and cultural backgrounds who have returned from service in the Middle East. Most were stationed in Iraq or Kuwait and served in the enlisted ranks of all branches of the military, both active duty and reserve, and now attend classes at Holyoke Community College or the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In the transcribed stories, Tripp does not question the subjects but allows them to talk in open-ended fashion about what they felt was most important about their experience. While this approach allows veterans to express unrestricted and undirected opinions about the war and their contributions, the pieces can be dense and nonlinear. Fortunately, a time table of the war, maps, and a glossary of military terms help keep readers on track. Despite the lack of geographic diversity among the interview subjects, the reader can assume that they share commonalities with all American veterans as they readjust to civilian life, where their wartime struggles and experiences are often overlooked, underappreciated, and/or misunderstood. Suitable for larger public libraries.
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