Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9780226094991 Published May 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Operation Homecoming

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

edited by Andrew Carroll

Operation Homecoming
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edited by Andrew Carroll

432 pages | 6 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2006
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9780226094991 Published May 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Operation Homecoming is 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.
 
“One of the chanted mantras of our time is, ‘But I support the troops.’ Terrific. Now read Operation Homecoming to find out who they are, what they think, feel, want, have learned, won and lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.”—Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal
 
“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.”—Jeff Shaara
 
“These voices are stirring, chilling, and unforgettable.”—Bobbie Ann Mason
 
“[Captures] what journalists cannot, no matter how close they get—firsthand accounts from the warriors and the families they leave behind.”—Chicago Tribune
 
 
Daniel Henninger | Wall Street Journal

“One of the chanted mantras of our time is, ‘But I support the troops.’ Terrific. Now read Operation Homecoming to find out who they are, what they think, feel, want, have learned, won and lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Jeff Shaara

“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.”
Bobbie Ann Mason

“These voices are stirring, chilling, and unforgettable.”

Chicago Tribune

“[Captures] what journalists cannot, no matter how close they get—firsthand accounts from the warriors and the families they leave behind.”

USA Today

“[These writings] help us gain a fuller appreciation of those fighting, and dying, in a war so far away and requiring so little sacrifice at home.”

Washington Post

“The goal of the project, beyond providing an emotional and expressive outlet for military personnel and their families, and getting the basic eyewitness facts of history down on paper, is to add to a long tradition of war literature. . . . The collection rings with truth, the sort of truth mere obervers of war find hard to capture.”

Contents
Preface by Dana Gioia 
Introduction by Andrew Carroll 

1. And Now it Begins
Heading into Combat
 
2. Hearts and Minds
Interactions with Afghans and Iraqis
 
3. Stuck in This Sandbox
Gripes, Humor, Boredom, and the Daily Grind
 
4. Worlds Apart
Life on the Home Front
 
5. This is Not a Game
The Physical and Emotional Toll of War
 
6. Home
Returning to the United States
 
Acknowldegments
Glossary 
Credits and Permissions 
Index of Contributors 
Index of Titles
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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