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War Lessons; How I Fought to Be a Hero and Learned That War Is Terror

Merson, John

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ISBN 10: 1583942092 / ISBN 13: 9781583942093
Published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 2008
Condition: Very good Soft cover
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xvi, 133, [3] pages. Signed on half-title page. United States-Vietnam Timeline. Personal Timeline. Map of Vietnam. Related Books and Movies. Reader's Guide. About the Author. Foreword by Ken Bacon, President of Refugees International. John Merson was a foot soldier in Quang Tri, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai Provinces during the American War in Vietnam. For the past twenty years, he has been working with Vietnamese government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations. Military memoirs abound, but few prove to be trustworthy accounts free of spin, bravura, or military glitter. John Merson's War Lessons takes a rare reflective approach to this pressing issue of our time. In vivid, unadorned prose, he interweaves his own experiences in war with thoughtful assessments of how to prevent it. He highlights the daily experience of combat from the perspective of both the foot soldier and the villager in whose home the war is being fought. When he leaves Vietnam, Merson begins an odyssey that brings him back eight times. The book limns this process as a poignant personal voyage and the author struggles to understand why young people are drawn to war, how it changes those who fight it, why its destructive effects persist on both sides, how former enemies reconcile, and how soldiers wanted to be treated and remembered by the citizens who send them to war. War Lessons also offers hope, suggesting strategies for young people to help the world reclaim its humanity through healing actions such as participating in UN peacekeeping programs, working to prosecute war crimes, and protecting refugees. Bookseller Inventory # 72913

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Title: War Lessons; How I Fought to Be a Hero and ...

Publisher: North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Trade paperback

Book Condition: Very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing [Stated].

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Military memoirs abound, but few prove to be trustworthy accounts free of spin, bravura, or military glitter. John Merson’s War Lessons takes a rare reflective approach to this pressing issue of our time. In vivid, unadorned prose, he interweaves his own experiences in war with thoughtful assessments of how to prevent it. He highlights the daily experience of combat from the perspective of both the foot soldier and the villager in whose home the war is being fought. When he leaves Vietnam, Merson begins an odyssey that brings him back eight times. The book limns this process as a poignant personal voyage and the author struggles to understand why young people are drawn to war, how it changes those who fight it, why its destructive effects persist on both sides, how former enemies reconcile, and how soldiers wanted to be treated and remembered by the citizens who send them to war. War Lessons also offers hope, suggesting strategies for young people to help the world reclaim its humanity through healing actions such as participating in UN peacekeeping programs, working to prosecute war crimes, and protecting refugees.

About the Author:

A member of the Military Order of the World Wars, Veterans for America, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, John Merson has an MBA from Harvard. Since 1997, Merson has run his own restoration project for historic homes on Nantucket Island, MA, where he lives.

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