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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616145536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616145538
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Invisible Wounds of War is an astonishing work of deep research, interviewing, reporting, and compassion that makes visible the personal, societal, psychological, and spiritual costs of the deep—and too often ignored—wounds suffered by many men and women who so patriotically volunteered their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. It should be required reading for every member of the US Congress, the press, and the rest of us who can learn how we also can be part of the solution."
—Florence George Graves, Founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University

"Too many of our veterans suffer in silence, unable to express the pain they feel, the losses they have endured, the transformation that has made them strangers to themselves. It isn’t easy to hear their voices, but Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard has done just that, by learning how to listen. And in this book of terrible truth, she encourages the rest of us to listen and to be far more understanding and angry and hopeful. We have a national tragedy to absorb—the impact of this decade of war on our sons and daughters, who will carry invisible wounds for many decades to come."
—Frank M. Ochberg, MD, Clinical professor of psychiatry, Michigan State University; former associate director, National Institute of Mental Health

"This book deserves to be read by everyone to both appreciate and understand our soldiers’ sacrifices. We all need to learn that their wounds are not just physical but also psychological, emotional, and spiritual, and that their families make tremendous long-term sacrifices after their return. Our soldiers should be honored and recognized for their service. Sharing their stories, and those of their families, is a way of healing in which we can all participate."
—Isaac Schiff, MD, Chief of service, Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital

About the Author

Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard is the author of The Path through Grief: A Compassionate Guide, a number of books on human rights, and award-winning books of poetry. She is a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. For many years she was head of the Political Science Department and a professor of political science at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on August 7, 2012
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As a child, I gave little thought to my father being a World War II veteran. The fathers of all my friends were veterans. Forty percent of Americans served in WWII. Yet for all its horrors, as many WWII veterans will tell you, it was a cakewalk compared to what today's troops have faced and continue to endure in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are many key differences, but as Marguerite Guzman Bouvard's new book, The Invisible Wounds of War: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan fiercely reveals, the most salient one is how few of our citizens are bearing the burden of today's wars: one percent. That difference is at the heart of all the other differences, especially the extreme nature of our new veterans' trauma. The Invisible Wounds of War has convinced me that our young veterans suffer a greater degree of trauma from that of veterans of prior wars.

Troops in World War II typically fought for nine months, some for two years. They knew who their enemy was. The rules of war applied. And their nation supported them, not just with words but with deeds: rations, victory gardens, work in manufacturing weapons.

Today's troops have known three, four, even five deployments. They have come home, only to leave again. Their enemy is invisible and omnipresent, taking the shape of even children. So many are returning now that, even though we are fully aware of the phenomena of PTSD, our Veterans Administration is overwhelmed. Accessing mental health care often takes two or more years. Because only one percent of Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, very few of us know such details. Very few of us know a veteran. Bouvard introduces them to us.

Noah Pierce enlisted in 2002, at age seventeen, his mother, Cheryl, unable to dissuade him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kym Adams on December 28, 2012
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I watched the author being interviewed on CSPAN Book TV. The well being of our troops is always of interest to me. My Grandfather was killed at the Somme WW2, my fathers were in the Army and Navy during WW2, everyone in my family has been affected by war. My son was in the Air Force. War is a horrific experience on and off the battle field. I wanted to know how women and men handle so many deployments and how it affected not only them, but their families. There are no easy answers, and yet it seems so many untold numbers are not receiving the treatment and care they need. I am astounded that in this day and age we still put a stigma on the men and women who deeply affected by the horrors of war. We are human beings not machines.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 29, 2012
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The book starts with a lengthy section about combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and the situations our soldiers face. The book is worth the read for this alone. The issues returning vets face at home is perhaps even more sobering for these are things we should be able to fix or avoid. Excellent for raising awareness, provocative and even somewhat disturbing. A good read for anyone who feels a sense of gratitude for what our soldiers have done for us.
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By James R. Carmichael, Jr. on January 21, 2015
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I thought it was well written. As a combat vet w/ PTSD, I understood what she was attempting to say. A lot of very good & helpful material here. I highly recommend this book.
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I was born in Trieste Italy. I'm a former professor of Political Science and poetry workshops. I am the author of 16 books in the fields of politics, women and human rights, grief, illness and spirituality. I've written 7 books of poetry. My first won the Quarterly Review of Literature prize and my latest poetry book, "The Unpredictability of Light," won the MassBook Award for poetry. My latest book is "the Invisible Wounds of War; Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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