When War Becomes Personal : Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq
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 ClementsOCohimself a veteran of the Second World WarOCointroduces his grandfather Isaac N. ClementsOCOs 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.
- Electronic book text | 257 pages
- 14 May 2014
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa City, United States
""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"