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eBook While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront ePub

by Kristin Henderson

  • ISBN: 0618558756
  • Category: Relationships
  • Subcategory: Self-Help
  • Author: Kristin Henderson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 2, 2006)
  • Pages: 336
  • ePub book: 1138 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1297 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 864

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While They're at War book. Kristin Henderson has done an excellent job of presenting the military family and the many challenges they face on a daily basis.

While They're at War book. She covers what most would categorize as just regular, mundane tasks of everyday living from the mind of a military family member. She helps the civilian world realize that what seems ordinary becomes complex when given all the unseen and many times not talked about stressors the family is beset with each day.

But While They're at War is so much more than that. Since September 11, she has had to see him off on deployments to Afghanistan and then Iraq. Journalist Kristin Henderson, wife of a military chaplain, has written a timely book about life on the homefront, the story - or, more accurately, the stories - of America's military families, the spouses and children whose husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, serve as part of our volunteer military.

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While They're at War takes us inside hearts and homes to illuminate the unseen aspects of this critical American story

While They're at War takes us inside hearts and homes to illuminate the unseen aspects of this critical American story. We meet two very different women, Marissa Bootes and Beth Pratt, both newlyweds experiencing life alone at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, while their husbands are fighting in Iraq. Through the extraordinary stories of these and other military spouses, Kristin Henderson reveals the overwhelming effects of separation - from fears of death to worries about financial stability and marital fidelity

While They’re at War is the powerful story of those on the homefront who are also on the tip of the spear in terms of. .Kristin Henderson paints in vivid scenes, while painlessly slipping in the policies that we as citizens must demand of the armed services, Congress, and president.

While They’re at War is the powerful story of those on the homefront who are also on the tip of the spear in terms of suffering in war. It is their story - the true story - of the ultimate costs of war. ~ former VA Director & Senator Max Cleland. I want every American to read this book to understand that when we send young (or not so young!) men or women to war, we really send whole families - spouses, children, parents, brothers and sisters.

Kristin Henderson talked about her book While They’re at War .

Kristin Henderson talked about her book While They’re at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront, published by Houghton Mifflin. Authors discussed their war memoirs in a panel titled At War, At Home: Books on the Military, which was held at the Barne. ctober 11, 2006. Military Family Life During Wartime.

Kristin Henderson writes about the private sacrifices made by military families in her new book, While they're at.

Kristin Henderson writes about the private sacrifices made by military families in her new book, While they're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront. Henderson is a journalist and the wife of a military chaplain. The homefront gets a lot less screen time - the camera swings around to focus on military families just long enough to peek through the window at the tearful goodbye and the joyful homecoming and, in between, the occasional yellow-ribbon moment. The rest of the homefront experience is hidden behind a closed door.

While They're at War takes us inside hearts and homes to illuminate the unseen aspects of this critical American story.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. While They're at War takes us inside hearts and homes to illuminate the unseen aspects of this critical American story. Through the extraordinary stories of these and other military spouses, Kristin Henderson reveals the overwhelming effects of separation - from fears of death to worries about financial stability and marital fidelity.

While They're at War takes us inside hearts and homes to illuminate the unseen aspects of this critical .

While They're at War. The True Story of American Families on the Homefront. by Kristin Henderson. Kristin Henderson is a journalist married to a military chaplain who has served in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. look behind the scenes" (Booklist) at the modern military's untold story.

Kristin Henderson is a journalist married to a military chaplain who has served in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In While They're at War, she draws upon the trust she's earned from military families and her unique access to military staff to give us a "powerful, revealing, and sometimes painful . . . look behind the scenes" (Booklist) at the modern military's untold story.We first meet Marissa Bootes and Beth Pratt, new Army wives undergoing intense indoctrination on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, while their husbands are fighting in Iraq. Their stories unfold to reveal often hidden aspects of life on the homefront. Through gripping storytelling, we see families battling the overwhelming effects of isolation and anticipatory grief, the strongly enforced codes concerning infidelity, their feelings of alienation both from military staff and from nonmilitary citizens, and the harrowing impact of e-mail/cellphone/CNN culture. Moving scenes bring to life the special struggles of children and those who teach and care for them, as well as the toll that combat exposure takes on families, especially if it erupts into homecoming violence. Finally, Henderson reveals the life-changing solidarity experienced in an informal support group like Fort Bragg's Hooah Wives.While They're at War is an indelible portrait, too, of virtually invisible figures such as homefront fathers raising teenagers alone. We meet the chaplains, social workers, and psychiatrists dedicated to helping military families cope. And, through Henderson's brilliant reporting from Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Ward 57, we are given a searing view of the wounded and their families confronting changed lives."In a country of nearly three hundred million people," Henderson writes, "only two and half million serve in the active duty armed forces. . . Yet in our American democracy, the warriors themselves don't get to decide when [sacrifices] are to be made. Civilians make that decision. It's up to our civilian Congress to declare war. . . and it's up to the civilians who elect those leaders to pay attention, to make sure that the cause of the hour is worth the sacrifices being made on their behalf." While They're at War is moving and necessary testimony for all Americans, from the military families who make possible America's way of war and way of life. Kristin Henderson has written frequently on military issues; this book had its origins in two cover stories for the Washington Post Magazine. She is also the author of Driving by Moonlight, an account of her experience during her husband's deployment to Afghanistan. A practicing Quaker, she is married to a Navy chaplain serving with the Marines and is active in the Marine Corps's Key Volunteer family readiness program.

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Sermak Light Sermak Light
Kristin Henderson's fine book, While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront, is directed toward those of us -- the majority of Americans -- who have no personal connection with the military. So it's impressive how many reader reviews praising the accuracy of her portrayal were written by military spouses.

Her overview of military life is also impressive. Her subject matter was thoroughly researched, as evidenced by some ten pages of references. She covers both the stresses on and resources available to the families -- wives in particular -- of soldiers who are deployed in time of war. If this were the totality of Henderson's book, it would be a fine, informative guide to military life.

But While They're at War is so much more than that. Kristin Henderson is not only a researcher, but an insider, married to a Navy chaplain serving with the Marines. Since September 11, she has had to see him off on deployments to Afghanistan and then Iraq. She is also an active volunteer with a family readiness support program, where she met many of the spouses she came to know and interview.

Their stories are the heart and soul of her book. Human beings have a limited capacity for imagination when it comes to large numbers of people. It's often been remarked that newspaper readers or TV viewers can be unmoved by the plight of a thousand children at risk, but be frozen with fear for one child who has fallen down a well. In Henderson's reporting, we don't just get statistics. Rather, we learn the personal stories of Beth and Marissa, one a newlywed, one left behind with a small child, as they struggle with jobs and child care, with loneliness and with the never ending fear that their husband will be the next victim of a deadly roadside bomb.

Henderson must struggle with all these challenges as well -- one reason she tells the stories of these young wives so compellingly. The other is simply that she is a gifted writer, with a novelist's flair for storytelling that makes her book not just informative but a page-turner.

But these stories are more than just diverting stories. As Henderson notes, our wars now are fought by a small minority of our young men and women, and it's obvious that many of those she interviewed had no other viable economic choice than military service. As she puts it, "There is a growing gap between those who serve and those who don't."

Henderson wants to remind the American public and policy-makers that these are not faceless, "disposable" young men and women. Rather, each is "an individual, a precious, irreplaceable human being who is loved by a mother, a father, a sister, a boyfriend. A wife."

You can't read this wonderful and important account without having this realization brought home.
Dandr Dandr
Journalist Kristin Henderson, wife of a military chaplain, has written a timely book about life on the homefront, the story -- or, more accurately, the stories -- of America's military families, the spouses and children whose husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, serve as part of our volunteer military. This beautifully written book left me in tears every few pages; Henderson tells many stories here -- of marriages that grow, marriages that fail, a wounded soldier rebuilding his body with the help of his wife, a widow rebuilding her shattered life with the help of family, friends and her community.

Henderson has a great talent for painting a detailed picture in shades of gray -- there is no black or white in these stories, no absolute right or wrong. When she documents the coming-apart of a relationship, Henderson puts herself into each partner's point of view. There are no villains, just people striving to do their best in what are often difficult and heartbreaking circumstances. These stories inspire compassion, and often pride and admiration of the service members, their spouses, and their families. Henderson incorporates much useful information concerning resources for military spouses and families, and includes many illuminating statistics without ever being dry or boring.

WHILE THEY'RE AT WAR gave me a new appreciation for the sacrifices involved in a military career, sacrifices made both by service members and by the family members that love and support them. Many thanks to Henderson for telling an important story both we civilians and our leaders need to understand in evaluating the full costs of war to our society.
Kulwes Kulwes
I liked that this story was told from the perspective of those who stay at home while their significant others went off to war. However, as someone in a military family, I was slightly irritated that this book (as most war propaganda does) focused almost entirely on those serving in the marines or army. The families of airmen/women and sailors suffer just as much, and yet we are left out of discussions about this topic.
PanshyR PanshyR
I haven't even received my copy yet, but I've already read this book several times (borrowed from a friend) and wanted a copy of my own. From the moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster that you'll appreciate whether you're a military spouse or not. I cried along with the women during their trying times and rejoiced with them at their husband's homecomings. The author captures the essence of the moments exactly. I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a good read, just remember to bring the tissues!
Kiutondyl Kiutondyl
This is an amazing book. It is a must read for spouses of deployed (or soon to be deployed) soldiers! It is also a great read for anyone who wishes to understand military spouses. It does not exclude any military branch or rank. It uses historical fact, statistics, but mostly personal experience to tell a story that has needed to be told. It is about real people to be read by real people. The writing is excellent and well presented. But you might want to read it next to a box of tissues.