Bearing Witness to Modern War

As you’re probably aware, the “Recently Returned” shelf in a Library is a treasure of interesting materials that you would not think to look up on your own.  The Soldiers’ Tale: Bearing Witness to Modern War by Samuel Hynes is one such gem that I found recently.  Before you think, how depressing another book on war, read on…I know you, like all of us, have been touched by war.  This book is not a history but a reflection on the “personal narratives” of soldiers, that is, the box of Grandpa’s letters from his service in France, the rotted leather diary carried through Dad’s tour in ‘Nam, the raw Born on the Fourth of July, or the shell-shocked Robert Graves’ trench ruminations. The author, Samuel Hynes, is a distinguished scholar and Professor Emeritus from...