Operation Homecoming by Andrew Carroll
Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families

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“Here is what you will not find in the news–the personal cost of war written as clear and beautiful as literature worthy of the name is. These stories are the real thing, passionate, imaginative, searing.”
–Richard Bausch, author of Wives & Lovers

The first book of its kind, Operation Homecoming is the result of a major initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring distinguished writers to military bases and inspire U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their families to record their wartime experiences. Encouraged by such authors as Tom Clancy, Mark Bowden, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tobias Wolff, Jeff Shaara, and Marilyn Nelson, American military personnel and their loved ones wrote candidly about what they saw, heard, and felt while in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as on the home front. Taken together, these almost one hundred never-before-published eyewitness accounts, private journals, short stories, letters, and other personal writings become a dramatic narrative that shows the human side of warfare.

• the fear and exhilaration of heading into battle;
• the interactions between U.S. forces and Afghans and Iraqis, both as enemies and friends;
• the boredom, gripes, and humorous incidents of day-to-day life on the front lines;
• the anxiety and heartache of worried spouses, parents, and other loved ones on the home front;
• the sheer brutality of warfare and the physical and emotional toll it takes on those who fight;
• the tearful homecomings for those who returned to the States alive– and the somber ceremonies for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.

From riveting combat accounts to profound reflections on warfare and the pride these troops feel for one another, Operation Homecoming offers an unflinching and intensely revealing look into the lives of extraordinary men and women. What they have written is without question some of the greatest wartime literature ever published.

“Andrew Carroll has given America a priceless treasure.”
–Tom Brokaw, on War Letters

Proceeds from this book will be used to provide arts and cultural programming to U.S. military communities. For more information, please go to www.OperationHomecoming.gov.


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About Andrew Carroll

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ANDREW CARROLL is best known for creating the Legacy Project, which archives wartime correspondence, and War Letters, which sold more than 300,000 copies and inspired an acclaimed PBS documentary. Other New York Times bestsellers include Letters of a Nation and Behind the Lines. Carroll's Operation Homecoming inspired an Emmy-winning documentary. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published September 12, 2006 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Parenting & Relationships, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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A talented cast (including Scott Brick, Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison, Stephen Lang, John Rubinstein and Stephanie Zimbalist) brings the war in Iraq and Afghanistan up close and personal. Using

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A talented cast (including Scott Brick, Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison, Stephen Lang, John Rubinstein and Stephanie Zimbalist) brings the war in Iraq and Afghanistan up close and personal.

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Often, it's not the big book written by the telegenic personality who tells the best story of war.

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According to Dana Gioia, a poet and the former chairman of the NEA, the project was formulated in a tavern full of poets.

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Although it is available in print, this work is more powerful in audio. In 2004, a group of well-known authors (including Orson Sc

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