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War Explained in 437 Questions

John Tarleton Apr 30, 2006

What Every Person Should Know About War
Chris Hedges
Free Press 2003

War in the end is always about betrayal. Betrayal of the young by the old, of soldiers by politicians and idealists by cynics,” Chris Hedges told graduates and their parents in a May 2003 commencement address he gave at Rockford (IL.) College one month after the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein. For his trouble, the veteran New York Times war correspondent was booed off the stage. Three years later, Hedges short Q & A book What Every Person Should Know About War deserves a thorough read now more than ever from anyone thinking of entering the military as well as those who still support the war in Iraq. Hedges, author of the highly acclaimed War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, adopts a dry, dispassionate tone as he guides the reader through every facet of the war-fighting experience. This is a book nearly devoid of adjectives. The facts – alternately mundane and horrible – speak for themselves.