TAKE THIS WAR AND SHOVE IT! - A Most Unwilling Soldier 1967-1971
Publisher: Unbearable Truth Publications
A militantly anti-war memoir of one young man's resistance to the Vietnam War from within the active-duty ranks of the US Army. The story is narrated chronologically, in first-person past tense conversational tone. But far more than a "mere" memoir, this book dissects the sickness at the core of American society which leads to unjustified military aggression abroad. Like other memoirs of the era, it touches on the music of the time and other cultural touchstones. It isn't much of a stretch to say that TAKE THIS WAR AND SHOVE IT! is as much a sociological text as a memoir. Well in excess of 50 books, periodicals, movies and music recordings are referenced. In a wide-ranging philosophical essay at rear of the book, nothing less than the Human Condition is analyzed and commented on. Why, after a half-century, does this war still stir arguments among Americans? This question is addressed, and a three-pronged plan offered to finally "lay to rest the ghosts of Vietnam."