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Emily YellinBannerman is a career peace and human rights activist, whose husband, Lorin, a sergeant in the National Guard, was called up to serve in Iraq. She uses the challenges the couple face in reconciling his war work with her peace work as a focal point of When the War Came Home. And she makes important points, such as showing that the most passionate activism against this war is not on college campuses but in the households of those with the most at stake, the primarily blue-collar military families. Yet Bannerman is strongest when she sticks to her own feelings of anger, frustration and heartache at her husband's absence.
— The Washington POst