Paying With Their Bodies

Paying With Their Bodies

American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran

Book - 2015
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"Christian Bagge, an Iraq War veteran, lost both his legs in a roadside bomb attack on his Humvee in 2006. Months after the accident, outfitted with sleek new prosthetic legs, he jogged alongside President Bush for a photo op at the White House. The photograph served many functions, one of them being to revive faith in an American martial ideal--that war could be fought without permanent casualties, and that innovative technology could easily repair war's damage. When Bagge was awarded his Purple Heart, however, military officials asked him to wear pants to the ceremony, saying that photos of the event should be "soft on the eyes." Defiant, Bagge wore shorts. America has grappled with the questions posed by injured veterans since its founding, and with particular force since the early twentieth century: What are the nation's obligations to those who fight in its name? And when does war's legacy of disability outweigh the nation's interests at home and abroad? In Paying with Their Bodies, John M. Kinder traces the complicated, intertwined histories of war and disability in modern America. Focusing in particular on the decades surrounding World War I, he argues that disabled veterans have long been at the center of two competing visions of American war: one that highlights the relative safety of US military intervention overseas; the other indelibly associating American war with injury, mutilation, and suffering. Kinder brings disabled veterans to the center of the American war story and shows that when we do so, the history of American war over the last century begins to look very different. War can no longer be seen as a discrete experience, easily left behind; rather, its human legacies are felt for decades." -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780226210094
Branch Call Number: 362.408697 K575P 2015
Characteristics: viii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 22, 2015

The Library Journal's comment on the author: // He also sees a persistent failure to learn from mistakes, ...\\ The first, and chief, mistake this author made was to parse history - - better he explained how the Morgan [J.P.] family and Andrew Carnegie made their big bucks from the Civil War, and how the congressional investigations of the 1940s exposed how the richest five or six families in America financed a major part of Adolf Hitler's rise to power.


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