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Packing Inferno

Author : Tyler E. Boudreau
ISBN : 9781932595710
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Tyler E. Boudreau is a twelve-year veteran of the Marine Corps infantry. He trained and committed himself physically and intellectually to the military life. Then his intense devotion began to disintegrate, bit by bit, during his final mission in Iraq. After returning home, he discovered a turmoil developing in his mind, estranging him from his loved ones and the bill of goods he eagerly purchased as a marine officer. Packing Inferno is the spectacularly written story of the ordeal of a marine officer in battle and then coming home. It is the struggle with a society resistant to understand the true nature of war. It is the fight with combat stress and an exploration into the process of recovery. It is the search for conscience, family, and ultimately for one's essential self. Here are the reflections of a man built by the Marine Corps, disassembled by war, and left with no guidance to rebuild himself. This is Tyler E. Boudreau's first book. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works with other veterans on many projects related to war.

The Marines Counterinsurgency And Strategic Culture

Author : Jeannie L. Johnson
ISBN : 9781626165571
Genre : Political Science
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The United States Marine Corps has a unique culture that ensures comradery, exacting standards, and readiness to be the first to every fight. Yet even in a group that is known for innovation, culture can push leaders to fall back on ingrained preferences. Jeannie L. Johnson takes a sympathetic but critical look at the Marine Corps’s long experience with counterinsurgency warfare. Which counterinsurgency lessons have been learned and retained for next time and which have been abandoned to history is a story of battlefield trial and error--but also a story of cultural collisions. The book begins with a fascinating and penetrating look inside the culture of the Marine Corps through research in primary sources, including Marine oral histories, and interviews with Marines. Johnson explores what makes this branch of the military distinct: their identity, norms, values, and perceptual lens. She then traces the history of the Marines’ counterinsurgency experience from the expeditionary missions of the early twentieth century, through the Vietnam War, and finally to the Iraq War. Her findings break new ground in strategic culture by introducing a methodology that was pioneered in the intelligence community to forecast behavior. Johnson shows that even a service as self-aware and dedicated to innovation as the Marine Corps is constrained in the lessons-learned process by its own internal predispositions, by the wider US military culture, and by national preferences. Her findings challenge the conclusions of previous counterinsurgency scholarship that ignores culture. This highly readable book reminds us of Sun Tzu’s wisdom that to be successful in war, it is important to know thyself as well as the enemy. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the Marines Corps, counterinsurgency warfare, military innovation, or strategic culture.

A People S History Of The U S Military

Author : Michael A. Bellesiles
ISBN : 9781595587138
Genre : History
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In A People’s History of the U.S. Military, historian Michael A. Bellesiles draws from three centuries of soldiers’ personal encounters with combat—through fascinating excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, as well as audio recordings, film, and blogs—to capture the essence of the American military experience firsthand, from the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military service can shatter and give meaning to lives; it is rarely a neutral encounter, and has contributed to a rich outpouring of personal testimony from the men and women who have literally placed their lives on the line. The often dramatic and always richly textured first-person accounts collected in this book cover a wide range of perspectives, from ardent patriots to disillusioned cynics; barely literate farm boys to urbane college graduates; scions of founding families to recent immigrants, enthusiasts, and dissenters; women disguising themselves as men in order to serve their country to African Americans fighting for their freedom through military service. A work of great relevance and immediacy—as the nation grapples with the return of thousands of men and women from active military duty—A People’s History of the U.S. Military will become a major new touchstone for our understanding of American military service.

The United States Marine Corps

Author : John C. Fredriksen
ISBN : 9781598845426
Genre : History
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Presents a history of the Marine Corps from the American Revolution up to the present-day military involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soul Repair

Author : Rita Nakashima Brock
ISBN : 9780807029084
Genre : Psychology
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The first book to explore the idea and effect of moral injury on veterans, their families, and their communities Although veterans make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for an alarming 20 percent of all suicides. And though treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder has undoubtedly alleviated suffering and allowed many service members returning from combat to transition to civilian life, the suicide rate for veterans under thirty has been increasing. Research by Veterans Administration health professionals and veterans’ own experiences now suggest an ancient but unaddressed wound of war may be a factor: moral injury. This deep-seated sense of transgression includes feelings of shame, grief, meaninglessness, and remorse from having violated core moral beliefs. Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini, who both grew up in families deeply affected by war, have been working closely with vets on what moral injury looks like, how vets cope with it, and what can be done to heal the damage inflicted on soldiers’ consciences. In Soul Repair, the authors tell the stories of four veterans of wars from Vietnam to our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—Camillo “Mac” Bica, Herman Keizer Jr., Pamela Lightsey, and Camilo Mejía—who reveal their experiences of moral injury from war and how they have learned to live with it. Brock and Lettini also explore its effect on families and communities, and the community processes that have gradually helped soldiers with their moral injuries. Soul Repair will help veterans, their families, members of their communities, and clergy understand the impact of war on the consciences of healthy people, support the recovery of moral conscience in society, and restore veterans to civilian life. When a society sends people off to war, it must accept responsibility for returning them home to peace.

Bullying A Spiritual Crisis

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After Violence

Author : Andrea Bieler
ISBN : 3374029191
Genre : History
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English summary: The violence unleashed in various forms of warfare and systemic injustice does not simply disappear once a war or a dictatorship is officially ended. The effects of violence continue to live on powerfully in both psychic processes and in communal and personal relationships. What enables people to live in the aftermath of traumatizing acts of violence? Is it possible to disrupt the vicious circle of destructive reciprocity at work in armed conflicts, wars, and genocide? What does it mean to open up spaces of remembrance and mourning which do not reproduce violence mimetically? What does it mean to reflect theologically on reconciliation in these contexts? Is it possible to achieve reconciliation that does not let the perpetrators of violence off too easy, thus adding to the humiliation of the survivors? The contributors to this volume examine an array of situations in the aftermath of violence, in which new forms of violence have emerged, including post-Apartheid South Africa, Rwanda after the genocide, postcolonial New Guinea, Ireland and Northern Ireland since the 'Good Friday Agreement', Argentina after militarist rule, Western Africa after civil wars, and Germany after the Shoah. This book is directed at students and teachers of religion, anthropology, and history, as well as professionals involved in therapy, counseling and pastoral work who are looking for new ways of dealing with situations 'after violence'.The authors consider religious practices, theological reflections, as well as cultural resources which hold the potential to address the aftermath of violence in constructive ways. Biblical narratives, symbols, and rituals that address the experience of trauma come into play. Liturgical as well as theological traditions that grapple with the task of reconciliation are explored. Political and cultural initiatives that seek to work through the conflicts as well as ambivalences of memorials dedicated to the victims of collective atrocities are discussed. German description: Die Gewalt, die in Kriegen und Burgerkriegen ausgeubt wird, ist mit der Unterbrechung unmittelbarer Gewalthandlungen nicht zu Ende. Sie setzt sich oftmals fort in der Zerstorung von Beziehungen zu anderen und zu sich selbst. Traumatisierend wirken Einbruche in die leiblich-seelische Integritat sowie die Zerstorung von vertrauten Lebensumwelten. Wie kann im Angesicht von Traumatisierung Leben gestaltet und zerstorerische Gewaltreziprozitat unterbrochen werden? Wie konnen Erinnerungsraume im Angesicht von kollektiver Traumatisierung geschaffen werden, in denen Gewalt nicht einfach fortgeschrieben wird? Was bedeutet es dabei, theologisch uber Versohnung nachzudenken? Die Beitrage dieses Buches analysieren beispielhaft Situationen in Sudafrika nach dem Ende der Apartheid, in Ruanda nach dem Volkermord, im postkolonialen Papua Neu Guinea, in Irland und Nordirland nach dem Burgerkrieg, in Argentinien nach der Zeit der Militardiktatur, in Westafrika nach dem Burgerkrieg, aber auch in Deutschland nach der Shoah. Das Buch richtet sich an alle Menschen, die in Bildungseinrichtungen, in therapeutischer Arbeit, in Religionsgemeinschaften und in politischen Prozessen engagiert sind, Gewalt zu unterbrechen und Lebens-Wege nach der Gewalt zu suchen.Die Autorinnen und Autoren dieses Buches fragen nach den religiosen Ressourcen, theologischen Traditionen und kulturellen Ausdrucksformen, die in diesen hoch ambivalenten Kontexten ein heilsames Potential entfalten konnen. Mit der gewaltumwandelnden Erzahlbewegung der Bibel kommen Ressourcen aus der judischen und der christlichen Religion in den Blick. Daruber hinaus werden sowohl liturgische also auch theologische Traditionen untersucht. Politisch kulturelle Initiativen der Konfliktaufarbeitung werden in ihrer Komplexitat vorgestellt sowie die Bedeutung verschiedener Gedenkstatten analysiert.

Road From Ar Ramadi

Author : Camilo Mejía
ISBN : 1931859531
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia became the new face of the anti-war movement in 2004 when he applied for discharge from the army as a conscientious objector. Now released after serving nearly nine months in prison, Mejia tells his own story in his own words. 'Most powerful are his firsthand experiences of prison abuse, senseless patrols inviting insurgent attacks, discord among demoralised comrades and the constant brutalisation of Iraqis by paranoid, trigger-happy GIs.' - Publisher's Weekly

Death Scenes

Author : Sean Tejaratchi
ISBN : 9781932595956
Genre : Social Science
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The strange and gruesome crime-scene snapshot collection of LAPD detective Jack Huddleston spans Southern California in its noir heyday. Death Scenes is the noted forerunner of several copycat titles.

Blood Beneath My Feet

Author : Joseph Scott Morgan
ISBN : 9781936239344
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Have you ever been locked in a cooler with piles of decomposing humans for so long that you had to shave all the hair off your body in order to get rid of the smell? Joseph Scott Morgan did. Have you ever lit a Marlboro from the ignited gas of a bloated dead man's belly? Joseph Scott Morgan has. Have you ever wept over a dead dog while not giving a shit about the dead owner laying next him? Morgan did. Were you named after a murder victim? Joseph Scott Morgan was. This isn't Hollywood fantasy—it's the true story of a boy born into the deprivations of a white trash trailer park who as an adult gets further involved in the desperate backdoor sagas of the "new South." No hot blondes here, just maggots, grief, and the truth about forensics and death investigation. Joseph Scott Morgan became a death investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office in suburban New Orleans in 1987, the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the country. During the day, Morgan worked in the morgue, and at night investigated for the coroner. In 1992 Morgan became senior investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta. Morgan is now a college professor at North Georgia College and State University, where he teaches a death investigation course based on the national standards which he helped develop. He and his family reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia.

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