November 17, 2014
War Is... Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War
edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell
The essays, interviews, letters, news articles, play, and story compiled here reveal truths about war that are rarely talked about, but should be. Especially troubling is the Recruitment Minefield, which details the lengths that the U.S. military will go through to enlist impressionable teens into lifetime service. Also of note are the writings by Vietnam veterans which capture their states of mind after combat, Helen Benedict's Women at War which depicts lives lived amidst constant danger and sexual harassment, and the vivid articles by the late war reporter Ernie Pyle.
A good book for any teen who is thinking of a career in the armed forces.