The human face of combat is on full display in James Wright’s new and much anticipated book. Based upon personal accounts and 160 interviews with veterans and their families, Wright offers a complete picture of the complicated and ambivalent nature of this war, and the young people involved: who they were, what they did in battle, and what their sacrifices meant.
“These personal stories illustrate my strong belief that accounts of war need to be more than critical analyses of national presumptions and strategic goals, and more than studies of the tactics, objectives, and results of the conduct of the military operations on the ground,” says Wright. “These are all part of the story of war. But they seldom remind us of the human experience—and the human cost.”
The President Emeritus of Dartmouth College and a former Marine, James Wright has worked steadily to remind Americans of the face of war. His book, Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them (2012) explored the complex relationship between the American public and its veterans. In addition to writing these books, he has helped to establish educational counseling programs for wounded veterans, paid countless visits to military hospitals, written a number of op-ed pieces on the current American wars, provided interviews and spoken at a number of public programs and forums, and participated in the 2016 Ric Burns PBS documentary, Debt of Honor.
Joined by colleagues from co-sponsoring campus units, Stewart Elliott, Director of the CU Office of Veteran Services, and Patty Limerick, Faculty Director of the Center of the American West, are proud to present James Wright’s talk in a series allied with the Vietnam War Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration. “There are few people who bring greater holdings in wisdom, empathy, and well-crafted writing to the history of the Vietnam War,” Limerick said, “than my old friend Jim Wright. Earlier in his career, he was a historian of Colorado, and he knows the home territory of his Boulder audience well.”
Books will be for sale at the event and the author will be available for signing.
Presented by: AMRC I CU Boulder Student Veterans Association I CU Veteran Services I Center of the American West I Conference on World Affairs I International Affairs Program I CU History Department