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The United States is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—wars that seem as far from Americans’ understanding as they are distant from our shores. With American Veterans on War, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our current wars and their predecessors home in the words of 55 veterans aged 20 to 90. The veterans raise questions about when wars are worth fighting, what missions can and can’t be won, and the costs and benefits of US intervention, both around the world and domestically. Recent veterans tell wrenching stories of coping with hostile forces without uniforms, of not knowing who is friend or foe, and of the lasting traces of combat once they’ve returned home. American Veterans on War provides a sweeping overview of three-quarters of a century of American wars, properly grounding that history in the words of the men and women whose bodies were on the line.
Fighting for the Dream is a collection of oral histories of 40 Chinese American men and women-ages 24 to 94-who served in wars from World War II to conflicts in Afghanistan. These individuals defied boundaries, went against their cultural grain, and changed history. Through their personal stories, we see a greater tapestry that is the story of America in the last hundred years. This collection includes interviews with the first Asian American general (John Fugh), the first Asian American Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy (Frederick Pang), the first Asian American full unrestricted Marine (Kurt Lee), the first Asian American National Commander of the American Legion (Fang Wong), the first Asian American judge in New York State (Randall Eng), as well as some of the 20,000 Chinese Americans - a quarter of the Chinese American population at the time - who served during World War II. This collection also features the stories of: World War II veterans Genson Lum, Peter Woo, Kay Wong Chin, Dr. Wing Mar, Al Chinn, Earl Jung, Tom Wah Sun Lew, Mack Pong, Sam Jue, Richard Y.W. Chin, Richard Goon, Lester Fong, Elsie Seetoo, Wayne H. Wong Korean War veterans Kurt Lee, Rita K. Chow Vietnam War veterans John Gerald Miki, David J. Louie, Gabe Mui, Richard Wong, Thomas Wing Persian Gulf War veterans Tony Lee, Mimi Wang Iraq & Afghanistan veterans Chi Szeto, Pakee Fang, Michael Chan, See-wan Szeto, Welton Chang, Wilem Wong, Cindy Wu, Howard Chin, Cliff Chen, Juliet Shum, Mo Pan, Astrid Szeto, William Chan
This collection of accounts of American men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan reveals their personal experiences as military combat personnel. Their stories are told through interviews, information from questionnaires and official military documents.
In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldiers hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Aghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images and documents from this historic gathering.
"Larry Minear has given voice to an entire generation of combat veterans whose experience will shape our society for decadesto Come. The confliets in Iraq and Afghanistan will henceforth serve as the dominan! reference pointe for the American debate on issues of war and peace, just as World War II,, Korea, and Vietnam shaped our national attitudes For the past half century. If you want to know what our soldiers and Marines have taken away from their service in Americans latest wars. his balanced and insightful account is the perfect place to start---Amb. James F. Dobbins. formar special envoy to afghanistan and author of After the Taliban: Nation-Building in afghanistan "With this engaging book, Larry Minear has brought the war home to any American who wants to listen. After setting the stage through careful and comprehensive documentation, he wisely lets the veterans speak for themselves about their war and reentry experiences, providing the American public with a crucial opportunity to understand their challenges and difficulties."---Dr. Matthew J. Friedman. executive director. National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "Larry Minear takes us on a wide-ranging tour of going to war and coming home. He sets the scene and them lets the people who've lived it speak for themselves in their own words, unvarnished and without spin. Outsiders will come away with a new understanding. Insiders will nod and know they have been heard."---Kristin Henderson, military spouse and author of While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefornt "The clarity with which the veterans express themselves and the success the author has had in capturing their thoughts represent a powerful use of oral history. This book should prove of immeasurable value in continuing the national dialogue on these contentious wars."---Gen. Richard I. Neal. U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) assistant commandant As of early 2010, more than two million U.S. troops have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the American public is neither much engaged in the issues of these two wars nor particularly knowledgeable about the troops' experiences, which have ranged from positive and energizing to searing and debilitating. Based on scores of interviews---some culled from the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and others conducted by the author himself---Through Veterans' Eyes presents a composite narrative of the experiences of U.S. service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Minear quotes more than 175 veterans by name and includes a dozen of their own photos from the conflict theaters. Thematic chapters cover duty and service, politics, cultural and ethical challenges, relationships to local populations, and reentry into American society. Neither pro-war nor anti-war, Minear's approach encourages veterans to express their views on issues critical to the nation. What has motivated U.S. military personnel to enlist? What specific challenges have they faced in Iraq and Afghanistan? What have been the impacts of deployment on their families and communities? Is their experience changing their views of their country and the world? What lessons may be learned from their stories? Veterans' candid responses to these and other probing questions deserve consideration. The literature of Cuba, argues Eduardo Gonzalez in his new book, takes on quite different features depending on whether one is looking at it from "the inside" or from "the outside," a view that in turn is shaped by official political culture and the authors it sanctions or by those authors and artists who exist outside state policies and cultural politics. Gonzalez approaches this issue by way of two twentieth-century writers who are central to the canon of gay homoerotic expression and sensibility in Cuban culture: Jose Lezama Lima (1910-1976) and Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990). Drawing on the plots and characters in their works, Gonzalez develops both a story line and a moral tale, revolving around the Christian belief in the fall from grace and the possibility of redemption, that bring the writers into a unique and revealing interaction with one another. The work of Lezama Lima and Arenas is compared with that of fellow Cuban author Virgilio Pinera (1912-1979) and, in a wider context, with the non-Cuban writers John Milton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Faulkner, John Ruskin, and James Joyce to show how their themes are replicated in Gonzalez's selected Cuban fiction. Also woven into this interaction are two contemporary films---The Devil's Backbone (2004) and Pan's Labyrinth (2007)---whose moral and political themes enhance the ethical values and conflicts of the literary texts. Referring to this eclectic gathering of texts, Gonzalez charts a cultural course in which Cuba moves beyond the Caribbean and into a latitude uncharted by common words, beyond the tyranny of place.
In Forged By War, Australian veterans and their families reveal the experience of combat and how it has changed their lives. These stark first-hand accounts describe the reality of military action and its personal consequences in every major conflict and peacemaking mission since World War II, including the invasion of Iraq. Sometimes the reader is in lockstep with a soldier on patrol, watching as a land mine explodes, or a local militiaman points an AKandndash;47 at Australian peacemakers. Other times, the reader is inside a returned veteran's head, feeling their superfluous adrenalin, their need to control their environment, even at home. With accounts from Peter and Lynne Cosgrove, Graham Edwards, Frank Hunt (I Was Only Nineteen), other veterans of Vietnam, Glenda Humes (daughter of Capt Reginald Saunders), peacemakers and an SAS trooper, this compelling investigation by Gina Lennox in underpinned by the question: where does family fit in a soldier's life?
Within these pages are personal stories of World War II veterans, most of which have never been heard before. Long silent on their service, author Jeffrey Meek has gotten them to open up, share their experiences, and in many cases come to terms with what they did and what they saw. With memories long buried for many years, these 75 veterans have finally shared their story so Americans can learn details of the war and keep the memory of their service alive for generations to come. World War II veterans are dying off at an alarming rate and along with them their remembrances of the events in which they participated. This book captures 75 unique veteran experiences that will now be recorded for future historians and researchers.

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