Battle Fatigue by Mark Kurlansky

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Growing up in the years following World War II, Joel Bloom always played war or baseball with his friends. They dreamed of fighting in the military or leading the Dodgers to the World Series. But by the time he's eighteen, the Vietnam War is in full swing, and it's not as simple as the war he learned about when he was a kid. Old enough to be drafted, Joel loves his country, but he knows that fighting in an unjust war isn't something he can do. After trying and failing to be a Conscientious Objector he leaves for Canada-a decision that will help him avoid the conflict of war, but will create one inside of him that will take much longer to resolve. In an insightful and compelling novel from bestselling nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky comes an exploration of one boy's struggle to understand himself amidst the harsh realities of life during wartime.

About Mark Kurlansky

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Mark Kurlansky is an award-winning and bestselling author. His most recent book is 1968: The Year That Rocked the World.
Published October 25, 2011 by Walker Childrens. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Joel declares himself a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War, he feels as though his whole life has been leading to this moment.

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Publishers Weekly

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His moral evolution is affected by his teachers in high school and college, news reports, and stories from older friends who have joined the military, but it’s his college girlfriend, Rachel, who draws Joel fully into the antiwar movement.

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City Book Review

Battle Fatigue is the story of a young man planning to move to Canada to escape the draft and the Vietnam War, as he reflects back on his childhood and teenage years in a small town full of World War II veterans.

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Historical Novel Society

Growing up in the years following World War II, Joel and his friends hear the stories of fathers and uncles who fought in the conflict, and while such stories may seem far way, Joel has the foreboding sense that there will be another war waiting for him when he is of age.

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