War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War

War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War

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War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I realized that I actually read this book on Peace Day. It left me anything but peaceful. I'm angry about a number of things shared in the stories included in this book. First of all, I'll mention the introductions written by the book's editors, Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell. They are worth reading even if you don't read the rest of the book. Their ideas about war differ, but those ideas led both to create this collection of war stories - and a powerful collection it is. The book includes accounts from soldiers, reporters, and civilian survivors. There are stories from past wars and current wars, and all the horrific wars in between. Some stories tell gruesome tales; others find some shred of hope. Whatever the storyteller chooses to share, it reveals the truth and will touch the emotions of all who read it. My anger flared most when I read of the current war, and how we don't seem to have learned anything from the past. As an educator, I was shocked to learn that the military and the signing of young volunteers is actually a part of the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Bill. The law states that the military must have the same access to secondary students as post-secondary educational institutions or prospective employers. "The law also requires high schools to provide the military access to students' names, addresses, and telephone numbers -- unless a parent or student contacts the school to deny permission to release this information." Included in this article is the suggestion that all high school seniors should be given access and help in reading the military recruitment contract. Basically, the military makes hollow, meaningless promises within that contract. Our young people sign up thinking they are agreeing to 4-to-8 years of service with a variety of monetary benefits, and the whole thing has been proven to be completely meaningless. Other things that raised my hackles were the accounts of how unappreciated our veterans feel, the harassment suffered by women in the military, and the horrific expectations we place on innocent young people only just out of high school. The emotional and physical scars are something no human should have to endure. Aronson and Campbell have compiled this collection to speak to a YA audience, but this is a book everyone should read. It needs to be in every public library, high school library, college library, and perhaps in every waiting room and lobby around the country. Just picking up this book and randomly choosing and reading a selection will have an impact on any American.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book often left me with chills. The nature of the events, letters, and documents within prevented me from being able to read very much at one time. In today’s media, war is romanticized in movies and video games; this book provides a starkly realistic view of what real world war is like from the soldiers, reporters, and others who lived it. While reading this book, I felt a number of different emotions. Reading of the success of ground attacks and the camaraderie of the army left me with a real sense of patriotism. However, I was left filled with anger after reading of the extent military recruiters often go to when trying to sign up young men out of high school; this particularly hit home with me as a senior this year. It told of how many recruits often misunderstand the contract that they sign when enlisting, and how their service can be almost indefinitely extended by the military. It was also told many very compelling stories. I read a letter from a soldier stationed in Europe during WWII, to his wife on the East coast. He told of the things he had seen, the way he was living, and how much he hoped he would soon be coming home. This letter, among others, offered a very different perspective on the war than what I have seen in movies. It wasn’t all action and fighting, in fact it seemed that it was mostly walking from place to place. I found myself genuinely caring what had become of this man, who had written this letter nearly 80 years before I was born. I would recommend this book to any other American, because of the perspective it provides that I have not found anywhere else. It’s important for everyone to understand what our troops go through, and support them for all they do for our country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I said for you to say the first thought that pops in your head when I say war, you would only think of half the events that are talked about in this book. "WAR IS" edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell is a short two hundred paged thriller about soldiers, survivors, and story tellers talking about war. This book kept urging me to read more and more the deeper I got into the book. From the details used, you always know exactly what the speaker is feeling no questions necessary. While reading the stories and war tales of survivors I felt as if I was reading nothing but emotions. You feel the pain inside the person when they describe how every bit of a beach is filled with nothing but destruction. It is as if you're right there next to him staring at the men that are going to be sleeping on that beach forever. And you feel the excitement as a soldier rights to his parents about how the party they were at had people ranging from dancing in the street to just being drunk and throw thing out of joy. "WAR IS" makes you ponder about what soldiers feel and how they react to certain situations, read this book and you will be surprised at the answers that come forth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incrediable. It has articles from people who have been in the war and how they feel about it. It made me tear up sometimes, but it is a good read.