War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

by Nan Levinson

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On July 23, 2004, five marines, two soldiers, and one airman became the most unlikely of antiwar activists. Young and gung-ho when they first signed up to defend their country, they were sent to fight a war that left them confused, enraged, and haunted. Once they returned home, they became determined to put their disillusionment to use. So that sultry summer evening, they mounted the stage of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and announced the launch of Iraq Veterans Against the War. 
War Is Not a Game tells the story of this new soldiers’ antiwar movement, showing why it was born, how it quickly grew, where it has struggled, what it accomplished, and how it continues to resonate in the national conversation about our military and our wars. Nan Levinson reveals the individuals behind the movement, painting an unforgettable portrait of these working-class veterans who refused to be seen as simply tragic victims or battlefront heroes and instead banded together to become leaders of a national organization. 
Written with sensitivity and humor, War Is Not a Game gives readers an uncensored, grunt’s-eye view of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while conveying the equally dramatic struggles that soldiers face upon returning home. Demanding to be seen neither simply as tragic victims nor as battlefront heroes, the Iraq Veterans Against the War have worked to shape the national conversation. This book celebrates their bravery, showing that sometimes the most vital battles take place on the home front. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813571140
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Series: War Culture
Edition description: First Paperback Edition, New in Paperback
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

NAN LEVINSON is a writer and journalist, covering civil and human rights, culture, and technology.  Her last book, Outspoken: Free Speech Stories, grew from her reporting as the U.S. correspondent for Index on Censorship. She currently teaches journalism and fiction writing at Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts. 

Table of Contents


Prologue: War Is Not a Game

Author’s Note

1          Maimed for Bullshit (with Gallantry on the Side)

2          Boots on the Ground

3          Exit a Free Man

4          Home Fires Burning

5          What Noble Cause

6          One Paragraph In

7          We’ll Bring ’Em On

8          Art Heart Dream Peace

9          Disgruntled

10        Mad Bad Sad

11        Winter Soldiers’ Stories




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