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American wars, American peace : notes from a son of the empire /
Philip D. Beidler.
imprint
Athens, GA : University of Georgia Press, c2007.
description
ix, 170 p.
ISBN
082032969X (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780820329697 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Athens, GA : University of Georgia Press, c2007.
isbn
082032969X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780820329697 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6273687
 
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"An excellent set of essays . . . It's food for thought and debate for any college-level collection."-- Bookwatch
"An excellent set of essays . . . It's food for thought and debate for any college-level collection."--Bookwatch
"A superb piece of intellectual analysisrigorous, caustic, poignant, bold in its thematic connections, both personal and historical in its scope, energetically written, and wholly convincing. There is no higher praise than to say that this book is a legitimate heir to the work of Paul Fussell and J. Glenn Gray."--Tim O'Brien, author of July, July
"A superb piece of intellectual analysisrigorous, caustic, poignant, bold in its thematic connections, both personal and historical in its scope, energetically written, and wholly convincing. There is no higher praise than to say that this book is a legitimate heir to the work of Paul Fussell and J. Glenn Gray."--Tim O'Brien, author ofJuly, July
"Beidler [is] one of the founding fathers of Vietnam War studies."-- Contemporary Literature
"Beidler [is] one of the founding fathers of Vietnam War studies."--Contemporary Literature
"Dante, in Book II of his De Vulgari Eloquentia , wrote that 'the proper subjects for poetry are love, virtue, and war.' These are the wellsprings of Beidler's eloquent essays: public issues of love and virtue in times of war, particularly now, with our war in Iraq. Beidler is a former armored cavalry officer, 'a citizen-soldier' from a family line of soldiers. His contemporary America is a gigantic, amnesiac Gulliver, shipwrecked and stumbling into the new century, his ship's compass lost, and himself disabled by linguistic aphasia. Like Beidler's earlier books on war and culture, this is an important one."--John Balaban, author of Remembering Heaven's Face and After Our War
"Dante, in Book II of hisDe Vulgari Eloquentia, wrote that 'the proper subjects for poetry are love, virtue, and war.' These are the wellsprings of Beidler's eloquent essays: public issues of love and virtue in times of war, particularly now, with our war in Iraq. Beidler is a former armored cavalry officer, 'a citizen-soldier' from a family line of soldiers. His contemporary America is a gigantic, amnesiac Gulliver, shipwrecked and stumbling into the new century, his ship's compass lost, and himself disabled by linguistic aphasia. Like Beidler's earlier books on war and culture, this is an important one."--John Balaban, author ofRemembering Heaven's FaceandAfter Our War
"Prescient, oracular and distressing essays on the national condition . . . Eclectic, personal, philosophical and meaningful, Phil Beidler does a great service with these cogent essays. For the 'obsolescents' among us who still think history and memory are critical to our collective well-being and to the future of our nation, I heartily recommend this book."-- Mobile Press Register
"Prescient, oracular and distressing essays on the national condition . . . Eclectic, personal, philosophical and meaningful, Phil Beidler does a great service with these cogent essays. For the 'obsolescents' among us who still think history and memory are critical to our collective well-being and to the future of our nation, I heartily recommend this book."--Mobile Press Register
"This collection of essays by Philip Beidler is at once thoughtful and poignant, astonishing in the way that intelligent folks are irked and puzzled by clownish arrogance of our doofus national leaders, and ripe with the ironies that reverberate down to us, still, from our war in Vietnam. The writing is crisp and clean in the way of a master like George Orwell and helps us to cipher out the conundrums and contradictions of our modern American lives. Well done, Mr. Beidler. Tell us more."--Larry Heinemann, author of Paco's Story , recipient of the National Book Award
"This collection of essays by Philip Beidler is at once thoughtful and poignant, astonishing in the way that intelligent folks are irked and puzzled by clownish arrogance of our doofus national leaders, and ripe with the ironies that reverberate down to us, still, from our war in Vietnam. The writing is crisp and clean in the way of a master like George Orwell and helps us to cipher out the conundrums and contradictions of our modern American lives. Well done, Mr. Beidler. Tell us more."--Larry Heinemann, author ofPaco's Story, recipient of the National Book Award
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Summaries
Main Description
As a writer, Philip D. Beidler has often drawn on his combat experience in Vietnam and his deep engagement with American popular culture. His essays tap these sources in powerful, truth-telling ways. In American Wars, American Peace , another voice emerges, distinct yet also tied to Beidler's wartime memories and his love of literature, film, and music. It is the voice of one of the "baby-boom progeny of the ‘Greatest Generation' who at home and abroad became the foot soldiers" not just in Vietnam but in the Peace Corps, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and beyond. Beidler has experienced enough of history to question "the kinds of peace that one empire after another has tried to impose on the world at whatever immense costs." As he reflects on terrorism, patriotism, geopolitics, sacrifice, propaganda, and more, Beidler revisits his generation's "inherited vision of national purpose"--and he asks what happened. These essays are a sobering wake-up call for even the most informed and conscientious citizen.
Main Description
As a writer, Philip D. Beidler has often drawn on his combat experience in Vietnam and his deep engagement with American popular culture. His essays tap these sources in powerful, truth-telling ways. InAmerican Wars, American Peace, another voice emerges, distinct yet also tied to Beidler's wartime memories and his love of literature, film, and music. It is the voice of one of the "baby-boom progeny of the 'Greatest Generation' who at home and abroad became the foot soldiers" not just in Vietnam but in the Peace Corps, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and beyond.Beidler has experienced enough of history to question "the kinds of peace that one empire after another has tried to impose on the world at whatever immense costs." As he reflects on terrorism, patriotism, geopolitics, sacrifice, propaganda, and more, Beidler revisits his generation's "inherited vision of national purpose"--and he asks what happened. These essays are a sobering wake-up call for even the most informed and conscientious citizen.
Table of Contents
Pax Americanap. 1
Top Gun and the Tank Driverp. 10
Sons and Fathers, Bad Wars and Good Warsp. 23
An Old GI Looks at Generation Killp. 33
Squad Leaders in the Skyp. 56
Home of the Infantryp. 78
Hajisp. 97
What I Learned in the Green Machinep. 120
Swindled by Saint Jackp. 128
The Best and the Brightest, Only Dumberp. 145
Hopeless in Honolulup. 157
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