Red, White, and True: Stories from Veterans and Families, World War II to Present
DescriptionEven as we celebrate the return of our military from wars in the Middle East, we are becoming increasingly aware of the struggles that await veterans on the home front. Red, White, and True offers readers a collection of voices that reflect the experiences of those touched by war--from the children of veterans who encounter them in their fathers' recollections of past wars to the young men and women who fought in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The diversity of perspectives collected in this volume validates the experiences of our veterans and their families, describing their shared struggles and triumphs while honoring the fact that each person's military experience is different.
Leila Levinson's powerful essay recounts her father's experience freeing a POW camp during World War II. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder provides a chilling account of being a new second lieutenant in Vietnam. Army combat veteran Brooke King recounts the anguish of raising her young children by day while trying to distinguish between her horrific memories of IED explosions in Baghdad and terrifying dreams by night.
These individual stories of pain and struggle, along with twenty-nine others, illustrate the inescapable damage that war rends in the fabric of society and celebrate our dauntless attempts to repair these holes with compassion and courage.
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"I have not read a more awe-inspiring collection of ground truth of the human experience than the stories I found in Red, White, and True. Deeply moving, compelling, and at times emotionally wrenching to the point of tears, Red, White, and True is an unforgettable and thoroughly rewarding reading experience."--Dwight Jon Zimmerman, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Lincoln's Last Days and coauthor of Uncommon Valor-- (11/04/2013)
"If you are or have been a member of the military, read this book. If you love or have loved someone in the military, read this book. If you don't know anyone in the military, read this book. It's a revelation."--Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories and Town Smokes-- (11/04/2013)
"With the U.S. military yet again stepping into new roles around the globe, Red, White, & True is a timely collection."--Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times-- (09/24/2014)