Here is an anthology which reveals the many faces of war: the grim, the tragic, the lighthearted, and the humorous. Award-winning writers provide a kaleidoscope of images spanning 150 years from the American Civil War to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. From Russell Reece's chilling tale about fishing for dead bodies in the Mekong Delta to Nicholas Samaras's final declaration, "All war stories are love stories," we examine both the known and the more obscure facets of armed conflict. In "Sniper," a poor farm boy undergoes an entire personality change as he becomes a cold-blooded killer for the military. In "Insanity is Contagious," a wife struggles to keep her own sanity while dealing with a husband's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In "Buchenwald Diary," a soldier tours a German concentration camp and is stunned to find little difference between the dead and some of the living. And in "Abu Ghraib Suggests the Isenheim Altarpiece," the issue of American torture is questioned. Those who have experienced war will recognize much of what resides between these pages. Those who have not will gain new insight into this age-old issue.
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Remembrance of Wars Past, edited by Henry F. Tonn, is a teasingly beautiful and haunting read! Poignant prose and poetry leads one straight to the marrow of life where perhaps there is a feeling of discomfort at first as you turn the pages that are full of truth, pain and love. All five senses stir awake. This is a beautiful experience, especially as we live in a world where we reach quickly for the cloak of forgetting in the hope to remain safe in our comfort zones. This collection is a reminder that we can share and embrace each other’s experiences in order to heal and to feel most importantly understood and remembered. Anonymous
One of the finest collections of stories and poetry about the remembrances of the most enduring subject of all time...an important collection told by writers from around the world who understand the power of war and are able to relate it from a perspective of those who have been there...well edited and produced ... outstanding read