After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed (Critical by Zoë H. Wool

By Zoë H. Wool

In After struggle Zoë H. Wool explores how the yank squaddies so much seriously injured within the Iraq and Afghanistan wars fight to construct a few form of usual existence whereas recuperating at Walter Reed military scientific heart from grievous accidents like misplaced limbs and anxious mind damage. among 2007 and 2008, Wool hung out with lots of those regularly male infantrymen and their households and family as a way to comprehend what it really is prefer to be blown up after which pulled towards an excellent and traditional civilian existence in a spot the place the chances of the sort of lifestyles are referred to as into query. Contextualizing those infantrymen inside a broader political and ethical framework, Wool considers the soldier physique as a traditionally, politically, and morally weighted down nationwide icon of normative masculinity. She exhibits how harm, incapacity, and the truth of infantrymen' reports and lives unsettle this icon and disrupt the all-too-common narrative of the heroic wounded veteran because the embodiment of patriotic self-sacrifice. For those infantrymen, the uncanny ordinariness of likely awesome daily conditions and practices at Walter Reed create a fact that may by no means be normal.

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