American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the by Philip D. Beidler

By Philip D. Beidler

As a author, Philip D. Beidler has frequently drawn on his strive against event in Vietnam and his deep engagement with American pop culture. His essays faucet those resources in robust, truth-telling methods. In American Wars, American Peace, one other voice emerges, distinctive but additionally tied to Beidler’s wartime stories and his love of literature, movie, and tune. it's the voice of 1 of the “baby-boom progeny of the ‘Greatest iteration’ who at domestic and out of the country grew to become the foot infantrymen” not only in Vietnam yet within the Peace Corps, the civil rights stream, the women’s circulate, and beyond.

Beidler has skilled sufficient of historical past to query “the different types of peace that one empire after one other has attempted to impose at the international at no matter what titanic costs.” As he displays on terrorism, patriotism, geopolitics, sacrifice, propaganda, and extra, Beidler revisits his generation’s “inherited imaginative and prescient of nationwide purpose”--and he asks what occurred. those essays are a sobering warning sign for even the main trained and conscientious citizen.

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