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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 : 9781626165564
Genre : Business & Economics
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The US Marine Corps has traditionally been one of the most innovative branches of the US military, but even it has struggled to learn and retain lessons from past counterinsurgency wars. Jeannie L. Johnson looks at the clash between strategic culture and organizational learning through the US Marine Corps's long experience with counterinsurgency. She first undertakes a fascinating examination of what makes the Marines distinct: their identity, norms, values, and perceptual lens. To do this, Johnson uses an innovative framework for analyzing strategic culture. Next, she 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. She shows that even a service as self-aware and dedicated to innovation as the US Marine Corps is significantly constrained in the lessons-learned process by its own internal predispositions. Even when internal preferences can be changed, ingrained biases endemic to the broader US military culture and American public culture create barriers to learning.

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.

Bullying A Spiritual Crisis

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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.

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

Speed Speed Speedfreak

Author : Mick Farren
ISBN : 9781459612464
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Elvis Presley, the Hell's Angels, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, the Beatles, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, Jack Kerouac, Johnny Cash, JFK, the Manson Family and Adolf Hitler. All of the above were, at one time or another, to put it bluntly, speedfreaks.Speed-Speed-Speedfreak traces the criminal and cultural use of amphetamine and its growing use through each new and destructive cycle. Speed is both one of the biggest social problems facing the country today, an indispensible component of the doctor's medicine bag, and a huge and abiding influence on artists, musicians and writers.

A Warrior S Faith

Author : Robert Vera
ISBN : 9781400206797
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An exhilarating story of a young Navy SEAL whose relentless faith transformed his life and inspired everyone who knew his courageous story. In A Warrior’s Faith, Ryan Job’s close friend, Robert Vera, recounts how the highly decorated Navy SEAL’s unstoppable sense of humor, positive attitude, and fierce determination helped him survive after being shot in the face by an enemy sniper on a roof in Ramadi, Iraq. Though blinded, the irrepressible Job recovered from his wounds and began facing a new set of obstacles with his characteristic humor and resolve. He married the girl of his dreams, hunted elk, climbed Mt. Rainier, graduated college with honors, influenced countless people around him, and was looking forward to being a father—before his life was tragically cut short by a hospital medical error. Vera’s raw, often funny, and heartfelt account of his friend’s life offers readers a way to find hope in the middle of life’s raging storms.

Aleister Crowley And The Ouija Board

Author : J. Edward Cornelius
ISBN : 9781932595741
Genre : Social Science
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Part fascinating history and part practical manual, this engaging guide takes the position that the Ouija Board is indeed as powerful as its detractors claim, revealing the dark secrets and hidden truths of this curious, enduring “game.”

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