War Is
War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War
War Is
Patty Campbell, Marc Aronson
In a provocative anthology, two editors with opposing viewpoints present an unflinching collection of works reflecting on the nature of war.Marc Aronson thinks war is inevitable. Patty Campbell thinks war is cruel, deceptive, and wrong. But both agree on one thing: that teens need to hear the truthful voices of those who have experienced war firsthand. The result is this dynamic selection of essays, memoirs, letters, and fiction from nearly than twenty contributors, both contemporary and historical — ranging from Christian Bauman's wrenching "Letter to a Young Enlistee" to Chris Hedges's unfl inching look at combat to Fumiko Miura's Nagasaki memoir, "A Survivor's Tale." Whether the speaker is Mark Twain, World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle, or a soldier writing a miliblog, these divergent pieces look war straight in the face — and provide an invaluable resource for teenagers today.

Book Details


  • Anthology
  • Educational

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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For many people, war is an experience that is far away from their daily living, yet it plays an intrinsic role in the lives of all humans. The book War Is... seeks to bring the issues surrounding war to the reader. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is short piece that deal with people's opinions on war, including newspaper articles, song lyrics, and interviews. The second part deals with different soldiers' experiences, ranging from soldiers in World War I to the Iraq War. The third part examines soldiers' experiences when they return from a war.

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