A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations
Author: Joseph Bobrow
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Voices and stories of veterans, their families, and their care providers, reveal what is necessary for postwar healing This book argues that the elements that contribute to healing war trauma—including safety, connection, community, dialogue, mutual respect, diversity, and compassion—can help build a stronger nation. But this message comes with a warning and a challenge not just for caregivers, veterans service organizations, governmental departments, Congress, and the White House, but for all Americans. War creates incalculable suffering—not only among those on the front lines, but also among those left behind. For every soldier killed or injured on the battlefield, countless others are affected—particularly relatives and friends—often in isolation and silence. As a nation, the U.S. must do everything it can to repair the injuries caused by war, whether physical, emotional, or moral, both for those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and for the country itself. Only after the nation provides the top-quality care our veterans deserve will we be able to begin to end our reliance on war and truly build a durable peace.
Author: Robert Emmet Meagher,Douglas A. Pryer
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Moral Injury has been called the “signature wound” of today’s wars. It is also as old as the human record of war, as evidenced in the ancient war epics of Greece, India, and the Middle East. But what exactly is Moral Injury? What are its causes and consequences? What can we do to prevent or limit its occurrence among those we send to war? And, above all, what can we do to help heal afflicted warriors? This landmark volume provides an invaluable resource for those looking for answers to these questions. Gathered here are some of the most far-ranging, authoritative, and accessible writings to date on the topic of Moral Injury. Contributors come from the fields of psychology, theology, philosophy, psychiatry, law, journalism, neuropsychiatry, classics, poetry, and, of course, the profession of arms. Their voices find common cause in informing the growing, international conversation on war and war’s deepest and most enduring invisible wound. Few may want to have this myth-challenging, truth-telling conversation, but it is one we must have if we truly wish to help those we send to fight our wars.
Die Geschichte eines langen Krieges
Author: Johann Hari
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
»Hari vereint präzise Recherche mit einer zutiefst menschlichen Erzählung. Dieses Buch wird eine dringend notwendige Debatte auslösen.« Glenn Greenwald Der Krieg gegen die Drogen gilt inzwischen als gescheitert, der Handel mit Drogen ist ein blühendes Geschäft, alle Maßnahmen gegen den Konsum sind weitgehend erfolglos. Woran liegt das? Der britische Journalist Johann Hari begibt sich auf eine einzigartige Reise – von Brooklyn über Mexiko bis nach Deutschland – und erzählt die Geschichten derjenigen, deren Leben vom immerwährenden Kampf gegen Drogen geprägt ist: von Dealern, Süchtigen, Kartellmitgliedern, den Verlierern und Profiteuren. Mit seiner grandiosen literarischen Reportage schreibt Hari sowohl eine Geschichte des Krieges gegen Drogen als auch ein mitreißendes und streitbares Plädoyer zum Umdenken. »Hervorragender Journalismus, packend erzählt.« Naomi Klein »Phantastisch!« Noam Chomsky
Author: Joseph Bobrow
Publisher: il piccolo editions
Joseph Bobrow’s poems are prayers for safe haven. They are sutras for life, for the protection of soldiers, children, mothers, fathers, everyone. We can take refuge in our relationships with one another, and in the beauty of the world. —Maxine Hong Kingston, author, activist, and the recipient of the National Medal of Art from President Barack Obama. Joseph Bobrow’s poems know that every day we are dying and that every one of those dying days we are also fully alive. He writes that “memory and inclination are subject to conditions on the ground,” and so they are in these moving poems which are the gift of seeing and of the ability to respond to tragedy and delight in equal measure while weaving them into the fabric of a life fully realized. —Dan Gerber, author of Sailing through Cassiopeia, 2013 Book of the Year Award in Poetry from The Society of Midland Authors. Joseph Bobrow’s poems are down-to-earth meditations on the poignant mysteries of life, love, and loss. Not one is abstract or philosophical; every one is a Dharma talk with heart. I kept touching into moments of Bobrow’s experience that mirrored—and enriched—my own. Bows! —David Richo, author of You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love. Reading Joe Bobrow’s poetry makes me want to live more wildly, more fully. His poems live in an irresistible arc between the raw and vivid details of his precious life and a sense of vastness, of spaciousness, of universality. I want to return to these poems again and again. His voice makes me want to reply with my own poetry, and to touch his voice in the darkness. —Stephen Cope, best-selling author of The Great Work of Your Life and Yoga and the Quest for the True Self In the dense moments of Bobrow’s writing intensity hovers, swells. Pain and bliss rise, fall, rise again. Which will it be moment to moment? Where can we go when it is happening? Seek refuge in a poem? These poems accost us with more of how it feels to be alive. Be ready. —Michael Eigen, Author of Under the Totem: In Search of a Path
Waking Up from the American Dream
Author: Bob Herbert
Category: Political Science
The award-winning New York Times op-ed columnist probes the widening gap between American ideals and American realities, and urges us to do something about it Bob Herbert is the conscience of the op-ed page of The New York Times, and his work is characterized by a strong moral vision and a deep understanding of the human costs of political decisions. From partisan politics to popular culture, from race relations to criminal justice, few journalists bring to life so movingly the stories of ordinary people caught between the American dream and American realities. Whether it is the inherent injustice of the death penalty or the demagoguery of the war on terrorism, Herbert questions whether we are truly upholding our ideals or merely giving them lip service. In Promises Betrayed, Herbert makes the case that in recent years America has too often failed to live up to its creed of fairness and justice in the lives of working people, racial minorities, children, and others not among the powerful. He introduces us to real people facing real problems and trying to maintain their dignity along the way, and he blows the whistle on imperious public officials who think the rules of common decency do not apply to them. Herbert's tenacious reporting has resulted in the overturning of many wrongful convictions and the release of dozens of innocent people from prison. In these and so many other ways, Herbert keeps us all honest and lives up to the journalist's credo: to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
How Love Conquered the Horrors of a Soldier's Afghan Nightmare
Author: Marnie Summerfield Smith,Martyn Compton,Michelle Compton
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Lance Corporal Martyn Compton's life was changed beyond recognition when he was blown up in a Taliban ambush that killed three of his colleagues. His survival was described as a 'miracle', as he suffered third-degree burns to 75 per cent of his body. He endured 15 operations and doctors used shark cartilage as a base for new skin on his face. But he did not have to face this gruelling ordeal alone. From the moment she heard of his near-fatal wounds, Martyn's fiancée Michelle Clifford found an inner strength to help them both face the future. During Martyn's treatment, Michelle kept a diary in which she revealed the innermost thoughts and emotions she wished she could relay to her wounded partner. Home From War gives a rare insight into the story behind the headlines when soldiers die or are injured. It is also the account of Martyn's battle for adequate compensation. This exploration of how one courageous man came to terms with losing his handsome young face cannot fail to inspire.
Author: Christine Ammer
Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers explains the origins and usage of about 1,200 words and phrases from warfare. Arranged alphabetically, they range from ancient, such as Pyrrhic victory (279 B.C.) to modern (drone; I.E.D.). The book uses quotations from historical sources as well as previous research into wartime etymology for a concise, detailed and extensive examination of the words of war. It will appeal both to military history buffs and general readers interested in the history of words.
How to Wake Up Washington and Win the War on Terror
Author: Colonel David Hunt
Publisher: Crown Forum
Category: Political Science
So says Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt in a book that cuts like a buzz saw through the half-measures and half-truths, the dangerous timidity, and the outright stupidity that—if left unchecked—will lead America to lose the War on Terror. In the hard-hitting On the Hunt, Colonel Hunt draws on his twenty-nine years of active military service and his high-level military and intelligence contacts to give an inside perspective on this global struggle, setting him far apart from the usual pundits and talking heads. Here he presents fifty pages of previously unpublished documents that reveal the chillingly detailed plans of the terrorists and insurgents who target Americans, as well as U.S. tactics to stop our enemies. From the Department of Homeland Security (“Get rid of it. Scrap it.”) to military leaders who have almost zero combat experience to risk-averse, politically correct strategic decision-making, Colonel Hunt pinpoints dire problems that need to be fixed before it’s too late (which it nearly is). Offering real solutions that most politicians and pundits are too timid to talk about, On the Hunt lays out specific steps to: • Win the war in Iraq by changing the way we fight—by taking the gloves off and, in doing so, honoring the sacrifices our soldiers are making • Deal with Iran, North Korea, and other dangerous threats • Solve the illegal immigration crisis and keep America’s enemies from breaching our borders (both of them) • Make our towns and cities more secure—not by looking to the federal bureaucracy but by taking responsibility ourselves • Protect the liberties of American citizens at home • Ensure that our soldiers are trained and equipped to fight today’s and tomorrow’s wars As Colonel Hunt’s millions of viewers on Fox News and all the readers of his bestselling book They Just Don’t Get It will expect, he pulls no punches while incisively analyzing a war unlike any other. In On the Hunt, Colonel Hunt reveals exactly how high the stakes really are in the War on Terror. He condemns failed policies and the people who made them (and, yes, he names names). And most important, he clearly identifies the strategies, tactics, and qualities of leadership that we must bring to bear to ensure the survival of the proud and free nation we love. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Michaela DePrince,Elaine Deprince
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY MADONNA! The extraordinary memoir of an orphan who danced her way from war-torn Sierra Leone to ballet stardom, most recently appearing in Beyonce’s Lemonade and as a principal in a major American dance company. "Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!” —Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life. At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary First Position, as well as on Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, and Nightline. In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars. “Michaela DePrince is the embodiment of what it means to fight for your dream.” —Today “Michaela DePrince is a role model for girls on and off stage.” —NYLON
Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Category: Literary Criticism
The popular 19th-century humorist offers lively recollections ranging from his salad days as a novice steamboat pilot on one of the world's greatest rivers to views from the passenger deck in the twilight of the river culture's heyday. Engrossing and entertaining anecdotes by a peerless storyteller from a now-finished chapter of American history.
How the Coming War With Islam Has Already Been Lost By the West and What the West Should be Doing About It
Author: Theo van Gogh
This book is written in plain English for those who want to understand why there has been so much Islamic violence in the world and why this violence is increasing. Readers can ensure their understanding of the stark reality and degree of threat the non-Muslim world faces and prepare for it. Also, this book has not been written from a simplistic knee-jerk anti-Muslim perspective. For example, the first chapter concerns 'the problem at the center of ALL religions' and explores the single factor which makes religions generally social-conflict generators: unjustified certainty. After examining the Muslim contribution however, the book comes down solidly against Islam and provides much authority for its conclusions. This 2nd edition updates the first edition which was written pre-ISIS.
Author: Mark Schultz,Travis Thrasher
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Against all hope, Beth Thompson continues to write letters to her soldier son James, who becomes missing in action in Afghanistan for over two years.
Author: Lloyd J. Dumas
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
Category: Business & Economics
This text discusses the economic, social and political implications of redirecting labour and capital from a military-based to a post-Cold War economy.
Author: N M McIntyre
In this dazzling epic fantasy novel, aimed at young adults. Kingdoms of Caelum plunges you head first into the Realms of Caelum. Four ancient Kingdoms sit docile in the clouds, each one as dangerous as the next. For many years peace has prevailed, until now. Follow Katla Veurink in a vicious game of lies, treachery and murder as she battles the many dangers, both above and below the Kingdoms. Only steel determination will see her through, and she would do well to remember; never trust a Dark Elf. This is book 1 of the Kingdoms of Caelum trilogy. An exciting, fresh fantasy adventure that wont disappoint.
Author: Karl Marlantes
Publisher: Arche Literatur Verlag
Während im Westen Abertausende für ein Ende der Gewalt in Vietnam demonstrierten, mussten sich am anderen Ende der Welt junge Männer in einem Krieg behaupten, dessen Gründe ihnen niemand erklären konnte. Karl Marlantes, der Autor dieses Romans, war einer von ihnen. Dies ist die Geschichte von Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas, der 1969 im Alter von 19 Jahren nach Vietnam kommt und dort mit seinen Männern den Befehl erhält, einen abgelegenen Hügel an der Grenze zu Laos und Nordvietnam zu einer Feuerunterstützungsbasis auszubauen. Die Soldaten taufen die in kalten Monsunregen und Wolken gehüllte Kuppe auf den Namen Matterhorn. Nachdem Matterhorn befestigt ist, werden Mellas und seine Männer abgeordert, in Nordvietnam die Nachschublinien der Vietcong zu unterbrechen. Diese Mission führt die jungen Männer auf eine Odyssee des Grauens, auf der sie sich einer gnadenlosen Natur ausgeliefert sehen und gegen einen unsichtbaren Feind behaupten müssen. Als Waino Mellas schließlich zurückkehrt, muss er erfahren, dass die Vietcong Matterhorn besetzt haben - und erhält den wahnwitzigen Befehl, die einst selbst ausgebaute Stellung zurückzuerobern.
The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Author: Johann Hari
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Social Science
NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE SOURCE OF THE VIRAL TED TALK 'Screamingly addictive' STEPHEN FRY 'Superb ... Thrilling story-telling' NAOMI KLEIN 'A powerful contribution to an urgent debate' GUARDIAN What if everything we've been told about addiction is wrong? One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realised there was addiction in his family. Confused, he set out on a three-year, thirty-thousand mile journey to discover what really causes addiction – and how to solve it. Told through a series of gripping human stories, this book was the basis of a TED talk and animation that have been viewed more than twenty million times. It has transformed the global debate about addiction.
Reintegration and Reconstruction Challenges for Post-war Eritrea
Author: Amanuel Mehreteab
Publisher: The Red Sea Press
Category: Social Science
In the 1990s, after 30 years of war with neighbouring Ethiopia, Eritrea won its independence and embarked on the monumental task of recostruction. At the heart of this effort was the quest of hundreds of thousands of returning refugees and demobilised soldiers who hopde to make new lives for themselves and their families. This book examines, through first-hand accounts, the obstacles these returnees, mainly women, faced. He also looks at the role of the new government and aid organisations in the process, and explores how gender issues had an impact.
Author: Robert E. Pettit, PhD
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
There Is a Place You Can Go - That place is a New Earth free from sickness, crime, and war. The Earth is shifting to a higher vibration - from third density to fourth and fifth density. For you to survive on the New Earth you must also change your frequency to match that of the New Earth. Unless you make that change your body frequency will be incompatible with these new frequencies and you will have to leave. You have a choice, prepare to ascend or transfer to another third density planet. Ascension is available for those who choose to move out of duality consciousness into Unity Consciousness. Dr. Pettit explains some of the requirements and preparations needed to ascend from the Old Earth.
Encounters with the People of Iraq and Afghanistan
Author: Anne Nivat
Publisher: Beacon Press
Wake of War is a Beacon Press publication.
A Memoir of a Year Spent in Vietnam
Author: Charles J Sharps
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This material was written by a former Shake'n'Bake, instant NCO who survived a year in the jungles of central Vietnam on search and destroy missions with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. It pays tribute to the soldiers he served with and expresses his feelings of responsibility for his men. It also lays bare his realization of the fine line between rational leadership, irrational killing, and young men conquering their daily fears in the elements knowing if they are exposed long enough to the enemy they are challenging the odds of survival. Through a potpourri of combat yarns, he gives extraordinary glimpses of the chancy and hard life of the airborne grunt that actually did the fighting. Included in One More Wake-Up, are stories about life after Vietnam where as a veteran remembering the past he copes with the present.