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Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict Hardcover – April 1, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: de.Mo Design Limited; First Edition edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970576870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970576873
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,368,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lori Grinker began her career in 1980. Her photographs have been featured in magazines, books and television programs throughout the world. Her photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship, the Ernst Haas Grant, the Hasselblad Grant, and the World Press Award.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
AFTERWAR: VETERANS FROM A WORLD IN CONFLICT represents fifteen intensive years of photographing and interviewing veterans/survivors of the many wars of the past century. These images and quotations and quiet thoughts and outrages are not limited to the 'unpopular wars', but to all of the major conflicts, many of them undeservedly unknown to many readers: Sri Lanka, Liberia, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Israel-Palestine, El Salvador, Cambodia, Eritrea-Ethiopia, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Falkland Islands, Vietnam, The Middle East, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Algeria, Indochina, Korea, China, World War II, Spain, World War I. Staggering list: terrifying history of repetition and devastation of human lives and lands.

Lori Grinker is a sensitive observer and interviewer. She has created some images of people of all walks of life, social strata, sex, and backgrounds that are not only superbly executed professional photographs, they are incredibly engaging. She has elected to design this book in a way that follows a timeline - from the present through the painful pages of the past. In doing so she has succinctly outlined each of the conflicts she is addressing and in doing so brings to our attention many facts about wars that have escaped our attention.

She also has taken artistic license by creating images, such as the cover photograph, which at first glance seems to be a relaxing, floating, peaceful swimmer - or is this a patient in a treatment bath after losing the lower parts of his legs? It is that kind of mental inquiry that sharpens her lessons of speaking about the effects of war. She does not preach, she does not prejudice us: Lori Grinker simply reports.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By charles grinker on August 13, 2007
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I served in the Korean War and at age 20-22 learned what war really is. This book dramaticlly and factually presents the reader with that horrible reality. It's not about winning and losing - it's about the unforgettable experiences of individuals on both sides. You will learn a great deal from Lori Grinker's book and you'll never forget the images she has captured.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Levere on November 17, 2004
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I just got home from listening to Lori Grinker lecture on her new book, After War. I am overwhelmed.

Grinker's photographs combined with the firsthand accounts of the human toll of war compel and engage on every page. Grinker poignantly expresses this tragic topic leaving each and every subject their every dignity and respect.

The quote at the beginning of the book tells the story for me "You must be the change you want to see in the world", Mahatma Gandhi. Lori with your 15 year dedication to this subject you have done your part.
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Lori Grinker traveled to, I'm guessing, twenty countries over a fifteen year period to produce artistic, thoughtful images of war veterans from a couple of dozen conflicts. Through their stories and Grinker's images, the reader soon forgets the differences and concentrates on the common bonds shared by all of us. It was a bloody century to be sure, and this book helps to remind us that no culture or people were spared.
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