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War Lessons by John Merson

War Lessons

War Lessons by John Merson
Apr 29, 2008 | 152 Pages
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    Apr 29, 2008 | 152 Pages

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War Lessons is a timeless exploration of the horror and excitement of war for the individual soldier, as indelible as the scars war leaves on the soldier’s soul. The book is one that should be read by everyone who cares about the fate and future of our nation’s defenders.”
—Jan Scruggs, founder and board chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation
“This book is about death and rebirth, a tale of how one veteran overcame his guilt and anger from the battlefield by getting to know and helping to rebuild the country he had been trained to destroy.”
—From the foreword by Ken Bacon, president of Refugees International
“More than military memoir, Merson combines his experiences and writes of the limitations of war with considerations on how to prevent it, and proposes a variety of alternatives to war that are certainly compelling. This book should be on the desk of all world leaders who consider war as the only option to the solution of national differences.”
Midwest Book Review

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Ken Bacon ix
Acknowledgments xv
One: Learning to Be a Soldier 1
Two: Policy versus Results 11
Three: Support the Troops 25
Four: "Take Me in Your Arms, Rescue Me" 35
Five: Health Care 43
Six: Death and Remembering 51
Seven: Massacre at Dai Loc 59
Eight: Heroism 71
Nine: The Weight of Memory 81
Ten: Mentoring 87
Eleven: Doing the Blend 93
Twelve: How Long Is a War? 99
Thirteen: Home at Last 105
Postscript 113
Appendix 1: United States-Vietnam Timeline 121
Appendix 2: Personal Timeline 123
Appendix 3: Map of Vietnam 125
Related Books and Movies 127
Reader’s Guide 131
About the Author 133

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