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Operation Homecoming Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U. S. Troops and Their Families

ISBN-10: 0226094995
ISBN-13: 9780226094991
Edition: 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Operation Homecomingis the result of a major initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring distinguished writers to military bases to inspire U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and their families to record their wartime experiences. Encouraged by such authors as Tom Clancy, Tobias Wolff, and Marilyn Nelson, American military personnel and their loved ones wrote candidly about what they saw, heard, and felt while in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as on the home front. These unflinching eyewitness accounts, private journals, short stories, and letters offer an intensely revealing look into extraordinary lives and are an unforgettable contribution to wartime literature. 0;One of the chanted mantras of our time is, 6;But I support the troops.7; Terrific. Now readOperation Homecomingto find out who they are, what they think, feel, want, have learned, won and lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.1;-Daniel Henninger,Wall Street Journal 0;This anthology is the honest voice of war. . . . In the end, they are all one voice, a voice we must hear, and must not forget.1;-Jeff Shaara 0;These voices are stirring, chilling, and unforgettable.1;-Bobbie Ann Mason 0;[Captures] what journalists cannot, no matter how close they get-firsthand accounts from the warriors and the families they leave behind.1;-ChicagoTribune

Andrew Carroll is the founder of the Legacy Project, an all-volunteer effort to preserve United States war letters. Also the executive director of the American Poetry and Literacy Project, which he co-founded. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Preface
Introduction
And Now It Begins: Heading into Combat
Hearts and Minds: Interactions with Afghans and Iraqis
Stuck in This Sandbox: Gripes, Humor, Boredom, and the Daily Grind
Worlds Apart: Life on the Home Front
This Is Not a Game: The Physical and Emotional Toll of War
Home: Returning to the United States
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Credits and Permissions
Index of Contributors
Index of Titles

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