Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - History - 352 pages
In this ambitious follow-up to Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the Odyssey, the story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life.

Seamlessly combining important psychological work and brilliant literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's greatest classics.
 

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A fascinating examination of the PTSD that affected the efforts of Homer's Odysseus to return home from the 10-year-long Trojan War, seen through the eyes of veterans of modern American conflicts ... Read full review

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In a world where Abu Ghraib, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Guantanamo Bay are on the nightly news and where the U.S presidential race focused largely on the military records of the two candidates, Dr ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Workplace
51
THE DEAD TRY TO REPROACH THE LIVING
76
Truth As Deadly Addiction
86
11
92
Dangers Up Down and Sideways
96
Above the Whirlpool
107
Odysseus the Sexaholic
113
19
205
35
217
Odysseus As a Military Leader
231
Conclusion
242
A Pocket Guide to Homers Odyssey
255
Information Resources for Vietnam Veterans
261
Notes
267
46
296

Odysseus at Home
120
Introduction
149
From the Clinic to the Wall
164
Lew Puller Aint on the Wall
180

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Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D., is a staff psychiatrist in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston. His patients are Vietnam combat veterans with severe, chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. Visiting scholar-at-large at the U.S. Naval War College in 2001, Dr. Shay speaks frequently at the invitation of U.S. military services, universities, and colleges. He lives in the Boston area.

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