"A superb piece of intellectual analysis—rigorous, 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
"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."
"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
"Beidler [is] one of the founding fathers of Vietnam War studies."
"An excellent set of essays . . . It's food for thought and debate for any college-level collection."
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.
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