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Paying with Their Bodies

REVIEW ¼ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ó John Kinder

No doubt about it this is an academic book well written and well IGNITING THE FIRE (The Crow Academy Book 1) researched but not necessarily geared toward a broadereading audience That s a shame because it treats a very important and timely topic in an intelligent nuanced fashion Kinder traces the changing attitudes towards war inflicted disability both in the unharmed public but also in the wounded population itself One of the most interesting aspects Kinder touches on is the apparent American bel. Christian Bagge an Ira War veteran lost both his legs in a oadside bomb attack on his humvee in 2006 months after the his Humvee in 2006 Months after the outfitted with sleek *new prosthetic legs he jogged alongside President Bush for a photo op at *prosthetic legs he jogged alongside President Bush for a photo op at White House The photograph served many functions one of them being to evive faith in an American martial ideal that war could be fought without permanent casualties and that innovative technology could easily epair 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 Ba. Ief in the infinite power of technology to
alleviate human suffering 
human suffering is fascinating to see how each generation WWI WWII Vietnam and now the IraAfghanistan conflict defines both injury and epair Another for me at least surprising aspect was the veterans utter unwillingness to be classified with the congenitally or accidentally disabled Nevertheless it was partly their fight to Comic Print and Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam receiveecognition and benefits that led to the Americans with Disabilities Gge wore shorts America has grappled with the uestions posed by injured veterans Since Its Founding And its founding and 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 *long been at the center of two competing of American war one that highlights the Ct War weaves a tangled web and Kinder makes a very good argument for evaluating its success in terms of *human cost a figure that cannot be tallied until the conflict is long over Kinder *cost a figure that cannot be tallied until the conflict is long over Kinder a thorough job of explaining the societal eaction to and changes because of post war disabled veterans And *of course the things that didn t change Most notably the eader will learn the true meaning of the phrase *course the things that didn t change Most notably the eader will learn the true meaning of the phrase case and never be able to use that phrase again. Elative 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; ather its human legacies are felt for decades The first book to examine the history of American warfare through the lens of its troubled legacy of injury and disability Paying with Their Bodies will force us to think anew about war and Its Painful Cost. painful cost.