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American Veterans On War

Author: Elise Forbes Tripp
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
ISBN: 1623710006
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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

Author: Victoria Moy
Publisher: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
ISBN: 9780930377052
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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

Veterans Of Iraq And Afghanistan

Author: Harry Spiller
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476602751
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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.

America S Heroes Medal Of Honor Recipients From The Civil War To Afghanistan

Author: Jim Willbanks
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 159884394X
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This book features the stories of 200 heroic individuals awarded the Medal of Honor for their distinguished military service while fighting for their country, from the Civil War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. • Provides 200 biographical essays of Medal of Honor recipients and 10 sidebars with additional information about the Medal of Honor and its recipients • Contains contributions from more than 50 distinguished scholars and historians • Includes a complete alphabetical listing of individuals who have received the nation's highest military award for valor • An extensive bibliography provides additional resources • Topic finders make it easy to identify entries from a particular war, home state, or branch of service

Winter Soldier Iraq And Afghanistan

Author: Iraq Veterans Against the War
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608460606
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“The only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name.”—Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by “a few bad apples,” as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of “an increasingly bloody occupation.” "Here is the war as it should be reported, seeing the pain, refusing to sanitize an unprovoked attack that has killed over one million people. All over America are victims who have returned from this conflict with hideous wounds -- wounds that turn the lives of the entire family upside down. And the American people are not seeing this. Until now. "Winter Soldier, an enormously important project of Iraq Veterans Against the War, cuts this debacle to the bone, exposing details hard to come by and even harder to believe. This is must reading for patriots who have already begun the effort to insure that this never happens again." --Phil Donahue "Winter Soldier makes us feel the pain and despair endured by those who serve in a military stretched to the breaking point by stop-loss policies, multiple combat tours, and a war where the goals and the enemies keep shifting ... [and] also make[s] us admire the unbreakable idealism and hope of those men and women who still believe that by speaking out they can make things better both for themselves and for those who come after them."--San Francisco Chronicle Formed in the aftermath of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded in 2004 to give those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001, a way to come together and speak out against an unjust, illegal, and unwinnable war. Today, IVAW has over seven hundred members in forty-nine states, Washington, DC, Canada, and on military bases overseas. Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who has covered the Iraq War from the front lines. He is the author of How America Lost Iraq (Tarcher) and a forthcoming book on the Iraq War from the University of California Press. Anthony Swofford is the author of Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles.

Through Veterans Eyes

Author: Larry Minear
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1597974862
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"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.

Beyond Valor

Author: Patrick K. O'Donnell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743213297
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Previous books have promised to describe the combat experience of the World War II GI, but there has never been a book like Patrick O'Donnell's Beyond Valor. Here is the first combat history of the war in Europe in the words of the men themselves, and perhaps the most honest and brutal account of combat possible on the printed page. For more than fifty years the individual stories that make up this narrative -- shockingly frank reflections of sacrifice and courage -- have been bottled up, buried, or circulated privately. Now, nearing the ends of their lives, our WWII soldiers have at last unburdened themselves. Beyond Valor recaptures their hidden history. A pioneering oral historian, Patrick O'Donnell used his award-winning website, The Drop Zone, to solicit oral- and "e-histories" from individual soldiers. Gradually, working from within the community, O'Donnell convinced some of the war's most battle-hardened soldiers to tell their stories. The result is WWII seen through the eyes of the men who saw the most intense of its action. O'Donnell focuses on the elite units of the war -- the Rangers, Airborne, and 1st Special Service Force -- troops that spearheaded the most dangerous operations and often made the difference between victory and defeat. From more than 650 interviews O'Donnell has chosen oral- and e-histories that form a seamless story line, a pointillistic history of the war in Europe from the first parachute drops in North Africa through the final battles in Germany and the long trip home. It is the story of the war not discussed in polite company. O'Donnell presents the wreckage of entire battalions nearly annihilated, invisible personal scars, and haunting revelations of wartime atrocities. But more important are the men who recount lives risked without hesitation for comrades and cause, and those who did not return: the friends who died in their arms. Their stories remind all of us that victory came only at the highest price. Remembering the infamous cliffs at Pointe-du-Hoc, bloody Omaha Beach, the bitter fighting at the Battle of the Bulge, and Hill 400 in the Hürtgen Forest, the soldiers reveal war as seen, heard, and smelled by the GIs on the front line. Also included is the unique story of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, and the trailblazing African-American "Experimental" Test Platoon that had to fight its own battle behind the lines. Beyond Valor captures the truths that exist among soldiers. It is one of the most inspiring accounts of the war ever produced.

Forged By War

Author: Gina Lennox
Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
ISBN: 0522851711
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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?


Author: Njål Helgheim
Publisher: Njål Helgheim
ISBN: 8283281356
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WIKIPILATION: The Encyclopedia of Films about World History & Human Rights and Other Global Issues. Special focus on Africa, the Middle East and Asia. LGBT FOCUS: A special focus also on LGBT issues; two separate LGBT film collections: chapter #357 Same-sex marriage, and chapter #415 LGBT rights opposition and violence against LGBT people, which is a huge collection of best reviewed and popular LGBT documentaries and fictions films from all over the world. 73 out of 420 film collections contain LGBT-related films. 420 COLLECTIONS of best reviewed and popular documentaries and fiction films from 150+ different countries; time period covered: 13 800 000 000 BCE to the present day. 420 chapters about historical events, political entities, movements, social issues, global challenges and other topics of wide relevance; see list of topics below. EASY NAVIGATION: 7428 hyperlinks ensure easy navigation back and forth between chapters and the table of contents or the alphabetical index. CALL FOR GLOBAL CITIZEN ACTION: «Wikipilation» is a topic-based film catalogue and learning tool, and also a call for global citizen action – aiming to raise awareness to the fact that it’s high time we 1) stop being ruled by corporations, 2) heal the Earth, and 3) show more compassion for fellow human beings in distress. FINDING FILMS IS EASY: Go to the table of contents or the alphabetical index, find your topic, and click on the hyperlink leading to the corresponding chapter where you will find all the best films related to that topic. LIST OF TOPICS «WIKIPILATION» gives you all the best films about: 1) CURRENT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES AND CHALLENGES such as genetic engineering; economic liberalization; neo-colonialism and land grabbing in poor countries by international corporations; environmental deterioration; government–corporate collusion, military privatization, mass surveillance and other threats to democracy; indigenous rights; education; criminal justice; health care; organized crime; child abuse; LGBT rights opposition and violence against LGBT people; poverty; exploitation of labour; slavery; racism; religious persecution; sexism and violence against women; terrorism; war crimes; crimes against humanity. 2) MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS IN THE 2010s, such as the United States diplomatic cables leak; Arab Spring and Arab Winter; Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster; Libyan crisis; Syrian civil war; Yemeni crisis; global surveillance disclosures; South Sudanese civil war; Hong Kong protests; annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine; persecution of Muslims in Myanmar, and much more. 3) LONG-TERM AND STILL ONGOING WARS AND CONFLICTS, such as the Chechen-Russian conflict in North Caucasus; Kurdish separatism in Iran, Kurdish-Iraqi conflict, Kurdish rebellions in Turkey, and Syrian Kurdish-Islamist conflict; Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Papua conflict in Indonesia; Colombian conflict; Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India; Western Sahara conflict between the Polisario Front and Morocco; War in Afghanistan; internal conflict in Peru; Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan; Abkhaz-Georgian conflict; Georgian-Ossetian conflict; Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency; Somali Civil War; Chiapas conflict in Mexico; War on Terror; South Thailand insurgency; War in Darfur; drone strikes in Pakistan; War on Drugs. 4) ALL MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS ON ALL CONTINENTS FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE PRESENT DAY. 5) INDIAN CLASSICAL DRAMA, CHINESE OPERA, WESTERN ART MOVEMENTS, Western opera, ballet, flamenco, samba, tango, fado, contemporary art, blues, jazz, rock music, soul music, RnB, funk, hip hop, sport, chess, poker, cinema, and much more.

They Answered The Call

Author: Jeffrey L. Meek
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1463420625
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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.