Breaking Ranks: Iraq Veterans Speak Out against the War (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jul 2, 2010 - Political Science - 234 pages
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Breaking Ranks brings a new and deeply personal perspective to the war in Iraq by looking into the lives of six veterans who turned against the war they helped to fight. Based on extensive interviews with each of the six, the book relates why they enlisted, their experiences in training and in early missions, their tours of combat, and what has happened to them since returning home. The compelling stories of this diverse cross section of the military recount how each journey to Iraq began with the sincere desire to do good. Matthew Gutmann and Catherine Anne Lutz show how each individual's experiences led to new moral and political understandings and ultimately to opposing the war.
  

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Contents

Introduction A Different Kind of War Story
1
INNOCENCE
13
WAR S CRUCIBLE
77
AFTERMATH AND ACTIVISM
135
Conclusion Six Soldiers
187
Acknowledgments
195
Notes
199
Glossary
213
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About the author (2010)

Matthew Gutmann and Catherine Lutz are Professors of Anthropology at Brown University. Matthew Gutmann is the author of The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City; The Romance of Democracy: Compliant Defiance in Contemporary Mexico; and Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control, and AIDS in Mexico, all from UC Press. Catherine Lutz is the author of Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century, Reading National Geographic (with Jane Collins), and Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and their Challenge to Western Theory.

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