Multcolib Picks: Veterans and the Experience of War

Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption By Hillenbrand, Laura Book - 2010 940.547252092 H651u 2010 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 85 on 72 copies

Annotation:On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

Eyewitness to World War II
Eyewitness to World War II Unforgettable Stories and Photographs From History's Greatest Conflict Book - 2012 940.5373 E975 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The unforgettable story of World War II is told through the words of those who lived it--both on the battlefield and the home front--creating a dramatic tapestry of the wartime experience.

No Surrender
No Surrender A World War II Memoir By Sheeran, James Book - 2011 940.541273092 S5418n 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:The Nazis caught him, but they couldn't hold him-a gripping WWII memoir from a D-Day paratrooper and American hero.

The Scariest Place in the World
The Scariest Place in the World By Brady, James Book - 2005 951.9042 B812s 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:Half a century after he fought there as a young lieutenant of Marines, James Brady returns to the brooding Korean ridgelines and mountains to sound Taps for a generation.

Valleys of Death
Valleys of Death A Memoir of the Korean War By Richardson, Bill Book - 2010 951.90427 R521v 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A hard-fighting soldier's story-from the trenches of the Korean War, America's first battle in the Cold War.

The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried A Work of Fiction By O'Brien, Tim Book - 2010 FICTION OBRIEN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:"A series of stories about the Vietnam experience, based on the author's recollections. O'Brien begins by sharing the talismans and treasures his select small band of young soldiers carry into battle."

What It Is Like to Go to War
What It Is Like to Go to War By Marlantes, Karl Book - 2011 959.7043092 M347w 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 16 copies

Annotation:In his memoir, Marlantes relates his combat experiences in Vietnam and discusses the daily contradictions warriors face in the grind of war, where each battle requires them to take life or spare life.

Kaboom Embracing the Suck in A Savage Little War By Gallagher, Matt Book - 2010 956.704434092 G1627k 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Lt. Gallagher arrived in Iraq in 2007 and promptly started to blog about it; his site became widely read by soldiers. It was ordered shut down in 2008 but was part of the cultural shift that by the next year embraced blogging by soldiers. Here, his exceptional narrative technique makes the soldier in-group cant both believable and coherent; his relentless pursuit of sanity in the midst of a chaotic storm of IEDs, policy changes, sheiks, civilians, and baffling missions."

Rule Number Two
Rule Number Two Lessons I Learned in A Combat Hospital By Kraft, Heidi Squier Book - 2012 956.70443 K89r 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft's twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed toIraq. A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft's job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see. She put away thoughts of her children back home, acclimated to the sound of incoming rockets, and learned how to listen to the most traumatic stories a war zone has to offer.

The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds A Novel By Powers, Kevin Book - 2012 FICTION POWERS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.

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Both fiction and nonfiction books describing what it means to serve our country during wartime and be a veteran. This list includes titles covering World War II through Afghanistan.

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