From the Inside Flap
"Breaking Ranks eloquently documents the many ways that militarism infiltrates ordinary lives, and is a powerful reminder of the personal costs of war. A model of sensitive and perceptive analysis of oral history interviews, Breaking Ranks reaches its audience on many levels. It is essential reading for anyone concerned about better connecting intellectually and humanly with the current political moment."Robert A. Rubinstein, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University
"Breaking Ranks is extraordinarily well written, lively and compelling. This is the first book to combine gripping, personal stories of anti-war Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with rigorous academic analysis."Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans
"As Matthew Gutmann and Catherine Lutz show in this timely and important book, soldiers can and do think on their own and come to political and ethical conclusions that often run contrary to what the military might want, expect, or portray. In Breaking Ranks, Gutmann and Lutz give us a valuable addition to our understanding of soldiers, politics, and ethics."Andrew Bickford, George Mason University
About the Author
Matthew Gutmann and Catherine Lutz are Professors of Anthropology at Brown University. Matthew Gutmann is the author of The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City; The Romance of Democracy: Compliant Defiance in Contemporary Mexico; and Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control, and AIDS in Mexico, all from UC Press. Catherine Lutz is the author of Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century, Reading National Geographic (with Jane Collins), and Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and their Challenge to Western Theory.