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Guys Like Me

Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace

Michael A. Messner (author)

ISBN: 9781978802810

Publication Date: Nov 2018

Format: Hardback

Over the last few decades, as the US has become embroiled in foreign war after foreign war, some of the most vocal activists for peace have been veterans. Guys Like Me introduces us to five ordinary men who have done extraordinary work as peace activists. This is a saga of men who are committed to replacing endless war with lasting peace
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Over the last few decades, as the United States has become embroiled in foreign war after foreign war, some of the most vocal activists for peace have been veterans. These veterans for peace come from all different races, classes, regions, and generations. What common motivations unite them and fuel their activism?

Guys Like Me introduces us to five ordinary men who have done extraordinary work as peace activists: World War II veteran Ernie Sanchez, Korean War veteran Woody Powell, Vietnam veteran Gregory Ross, Gulf War veteran Daniel Craig, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Jonathan Hutto. Acclaimed sociologist Michael Messner offers rich profiles of each man, recounting what led him to join the armed forces, what he experienced when fighting overseas, and the guilt and trauma he experienced upon returning home. He reveals how the pain and horror of the battlefront motivated these onetime warriors to reconcile with former enemies, get involved as political activists, and help younger generations of soldiers.

Guys Like Me is an inspiring multigenerational saga of men who were physically or psychically wounded by war, but are committed to healing themselves and others, forging a path to justice, and replacing endless war with lasting peace
Illustrations 29 black & white images
Pages 216
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Regional & national history   History of the Americas   Political science & theory   Violence in society   Gender studies: men   Military history   Warfare & defence  
Michael A. Messner is a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is the author or editor of many books, including Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women, King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Guns, and No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change (Rutgers University Press).

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