- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: January 2022
- Print publication year: 2022
- Online ISBN: 9781108913867
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108913867
Are 'Dear John' letters lethal weapons in the hands of men at war? Many US officers, servicemen, veterans, and civilians would say yes. Drawing on personal letters, oral histories, and psychiatric reports, as well as popular music and movies, Susan L. Carruthers shows how the armed forces and civilian society have attempted to weaponize romantic love in pursuit of martial ends, from World War II to today. Yet efforts to discipline feeling have frequently failed. And women have often borne the blame. This sweeping history of emotional life in wartime explores the interplay between letter-writing and storytelling, breakups and breakdowns, and between imploded intimacy and boosted camaraderie. Incorporating vivid personal experiences in lively and engaging prose – variously tragic, comic, and everything in between – this compelling study will change the way we think about wartime relationships.
Joanna Bourke - author of War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict
Nancy F. Cott - author of Fighting Words: The Brave American Journalists Who Brought the World Home between the Wars
Brian McAllister Linn - author of Elvis's Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield
Anthony Swofford - author of Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
Source: Publishers Weekly
Charlotte Gray Source: The Wall Street Journal
Julia Laite Source: London Review of Books
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