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Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace (06 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780977333837
ISBN10: 0977333833
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This poignant collection, compiled from Kingston's healing workshops, contains the distilled wisdom of survivors of five wars, including combatants, war widows, spouses, children, conscientious objectors, and veterans of domestic abuse. "Vetrans of War, Vetrans of Peace" includes accounts from people that grew up in military families, served as medics in the thick of war, or came home to homelessness. All struggle with trauma — post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other consequences of war and violence. Through their extraordinary writings, readers witness worlds coming apart and being put back together again through liberating insight, community, and the deep transformation that is possible only by coming to grips with the past.

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"An amazing testament to the existence of peace, even in the midst of war. This book is a communal effort, beautifully orchestrated by Hong Kingston and pieced together with open eyes." Rocky Mountain News

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"She has gathered a community of the lost, the disempowered, the people who never get to write alternative histories, and gifted them the fierce power of her voice." San Diego Union-Tribune

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"These hard stories of war pose the questions: What pain will our soldiers in Iraq bring home? And how will we heal them?" Chicago Sun-Times

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"The world — and not just the world of literature — owes Maxine Hong Kingston a huge debt of gratitude." Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

For more than twelve years, National Book Award-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston has led writing-and-meditation workshops for veterans and their families. The contributors to this volume — combat veterans, medics, and others who served in war; gang members, drug users, and victims of domestic violence; draft resisters, deserters, and peace activists — are part of this community of writers working together to heal the trauma of war through art.

Reading their words, we witness worlds torn apart then rebuilt. This epic and timely work is the distilled wisdom of warriors and their loved ones, expressing themselves with breathtaking artistry and truth.

About the Author

Maxine Hong Kingston's books — The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, The Fifth Book of Peace, and others — have won critical praise and national awards. President Bill Clinton presented her with a National Humanities Medal in 1997.

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J T, February 24, 2007 (view all comments by J T)
I've often wished for what "Veterans of War Veterans of Peace" offers, honest and eloquent testimonies of war's myriad sorrows and transformations, to guide my own healing as a daughter of the war in Viet Nam. I am stunned by these eighty brave and beautifully-written offerings from combat soldiers, medics, conscientous objectors, and family members of war. Their collective wisdom is a triumph to the power of witness. Their biographical introductions are humanizing, and almost as compelling as their stories and poems.

This collection would make an affirming gift to someone whose life is touched by armed conflict ~ including veterans (past, present, and future,) family members, and advocates for peace. We are among many, yet our struggle to heal war's ongoing wounds & repercussions can sometimes be isolating and disheartening. "Veterans of War Veterans of Peace" is deeply heartening instead, full of hope and life.
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Laurie Blum, November 20, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
This poignant collection, compiled from Kingston?s healing workshops, contains the distilled wisdom of survivors of five wars, including combatants, war widows, spouses, children, conscientious objectors, and veterans of domestic abuse. Vetrans of War, Vetrans of Peace includes accounts from people that grew up in military families, served as medics in the thick of war, or came home to homelessness. All struggle with trauma ? post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other consequences of war and violence. Through their extraordinary writings, readers witness worlds coming apart and being put back together again through liberating insight, community, and the deep transformation that is possible only by coming to grips with the past.
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mcmullenk, November 15, 2006 (view all comments by mcmullenk)
This is a stunning book, truly stunning in the sense that it knocks my assumptions to the winds. Although I have been somewhat involved in the peace movement for many years, I have never before felt the terrors of war and the courage for peace so strongly. Each contribution in the book is unique and is honest. It needs to be read reflectively and deserves every moment you give to it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977333837
Author:
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Publisher:
Koa Books
Editor:
Hong Kingston, Maxine
Author:
Hong Kingston, Maxine
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
War
Subject:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Subject:
Authorship -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Military-General History
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
614
Dimensions:
8.98x6.08x1.30 in. 1.81 lbs.

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Product details 614 pages Koa Books - English 9780977333837 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An amazing testament to the existence of peace, even in the midst of war. This book is a communal effort, beautifully orchestrated by Hong Kingston and pieced together with open eyes."
"Review" by , "She has gathered a community of the lost, the disempowered, the people who never get to write alternative histories, and gifted them the fierce power of her voice."
"Review" by , "These hard stories of war pose the questions: What pain will our soldiers in Iraq bring home? And how will we heal them?"
"Review" by , "The world — and not just the world of literature — owes Maxine Hong Kingston a huge debt of gratitude."
"Synopsis" by , For more than twelve years, National Book Award-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston has led writing-and-meditation workshops for veterans and their families. The contributors to this volume — combat veterans, medics, and others who served in war; gang members, drug users, and victims of domestic violence; draft resisters, deserters, and peace activists — are part of this community of writers working together to heal the trauma of war through art.

Reading their words, we witness worlds torn apart then rebuilt. This epic and timely work is the distilled wisdom of warriors and their loved ones, expressing themselves with breathtaking artistry and truth.

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