[act-ma] 01/30 War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Sun Jan 25 15:10:54 PST 2015

War Is Not a Game:  The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built
Friday, January 30, 2015
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Nan Levinson, author

On July 23, 2004, five marines, two soldiers, and one airman became the 
most unlikely of antiwar activists. Young and gung-ho when they first 
signed up to defend their country, they were sent to fight a war that 
left them confused, enraged, and haunted. Once they returned home, they 
became determined to put their disillusionment to use. So that sultry 
summer evening, they mounted the stage of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall 
and announced the launch of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

/War Is Not a Game/ tells the story of this new soldiers’ antiwar 
movement, showing why it was born, how it quickly grew, where it has 
struggled, and what it has already accomplished. Nan Levinson reveals 
the individuals behind the movement, painting an unforgettable portrait 
of these predominantly working-class veterans who became leaders of a 
national organization.

Written with sensitivity and humor, /War Is Not a Game/ gives readers an 
uncensored, grunt’s-eye view of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, 
while conveying the equally dramatic struggles that soldiers face upon 
returning home. Demanding to be seen neither simply as tragic victims 
nor as battlefront heroes, the Iraq Veterans Against the War have worked 
to shape the national conversation. This book celebrates their bravery, 
showing that sometimes the most vital battles take place on the home front.


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