When War Becomes Personal

When War Becomes Personal : Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq

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Donald Anderson, a former U.S. Air Force officer, has compiled a haunting anthology of personal essays and short memoirs that span more than 100 years of warfare. Alvord White Clements - himself a veteran of the Second World War - introduces his grandfather Isaac N. Clements' Civil War memoir; the novelist Paul West writes of his father, a British veteran of World War I, as well as of his own boyhood recollections of the London Blitz. John Wolfe details the life-changing and life-threatening injuries he sustained in Vietnam and the hallucinations he experienced afterward. Second Gulf War veteran Jason Armagost traces his journey to Iraq through the history of literature and the books he brought with him to the war zone.The thirteen essays in "When War Becomes Personal" tell the enduring truths of battle, stripping away much of the romance, myth, and fantasy. Soldiers more than anyone know what they are capable of destroying; when they write about war, they are trying to preserve the world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 144.78 x 220.98 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 1-Simul.
  • 1587296802
  • 9781587296802
  • 2,411,167

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"When War Becomes Personal" puts a human face on the experience and the consequences of war, draws attention to the similarities in the human dimensions regardless of the particular war, and brings grace and meaning to that most chaotic and destructive of human endeavors. This book will appeal to anyone interested in war literature, and it certainly "ought "to appeal to anyone who appreciates good writing. W. D. Ehrhart, author, "The Madness of It All: Essays on War, Literature, and American Life," coeditor, "Retrieving Bones: Stories and Poems of the Korean War""show more

About Donald Anderson

Donald Anderson teaches literature and creative writing at the United States Air Force Academy, where he edits War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities. His collection of short stories, Fire Road, received the 2001 John Simmons Short Fiction Award (IOWA). He is the editor of Aftermath: An Anthology of Post-Vietnam Fiction and Andre Dubus: A Tribute. The recipient of a Creative Writer's Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado.show more

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