Dr. Robert Meagher compiled the following list of reading to further examine the experience of war as part of a grant received from Mass Hunmanities


Historical Perspectives on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Coleman, Penny (2006). Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War. Boston: Beacon.

Dean, Jr., Eric T (1997). Shook Over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press.

Gray, J. Glenn (1998). The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press.

Lifton, Robert Jay (1992). Home From the War: Learning From Vietnam Veterans. Boston: Beacon.

Meagher, Robert Emmet (2006). Herakles Gone Mad: Rethinking Heroism in an Age of Endless War. Northampton MA: Interlink.

Shay, M.D. Ph.D., Jonathan.

     (1994). Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character. New York: Atheneum.

     (2002). Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. New

York and London: Scribner.

Tatum, James (2003). The Mourner's Song: War and Remembrance from the Iliad to Vietnam. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

Tritle, Lawrence A. (2000). From Melos to My Lai: War and Survival. London and New York: Routledge.

Medical and Military Sources

American Psychiatric Association (1987). DSM-III-R: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 3d ed., rev. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Press.

Ashford, Mary Elizabeth, and Huet-Vaughn (2000). “The Impact of War on Women.” In Levy, Barry S., and Sidel, Victor W. (eds.) War and Health. Washington, D.C.: American Public Health Association.

Baker, J. "Monitoring of suicidal behavior among patients in the VA health care system." Psychiatric Annals 14 (1984): 272­–275.

Bloch, M.D., H. Spencer. "Army Clinical Psychiatry in the Combat Zone—1967–1968." American Journal of Psychiatry 126:3 (1969): 289–298.

Carlson, Eve B., Bradley, John C., et al. National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (2004). Iraq War Clinician Guide. 2nd. ed. (IWCG) Washington D.C.: Department of Veterans Affairs.

Center for Army Leadership (2004). Field Manual No. 22-100. The US Army Leadership Field Manual. New York, Chicago and San Francisco: McGraw-Hill.

Egendorf, Arthur (1986). Healing from the War: Trauma and Transformation after Vietnam. Boston: Shambhala.

Fontana, Ph.D., Alan, and Rosenheck, M.D., Robert. "Attempted Suicide Among Vietnam Veterans: A Model of Etiology in a Community Sample." American Journal of Psychiatry 152:1 (1995): 102–109.

Gabriel, Richard A. (1987). No More Heroes: Madness and Psychiatry in War. New York: Hill and Wang.

Grossman, Lt. Col. Dave (1996). On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. New York and Boston: Little, Brown.

Hendin, Herbert, and Haas, Ann Pollinger (1984). Wounds of War: The Psychological Aftermath of Combat in Vietnam. New York: Basic Books.

Herman, M.D., Judith (1992). Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. New York: Basic Books.

Hillman, James (2004). A Terrible Love of War. New York: Penguin.

Hoge, M.D., Charles W. et al. "Combat Duty and Iraq and Afghanistan, Mental Health Problems, and Barriers to Care." The New England Journal of Medicine 351:1 (2004): 13–22.

Holmes, Richard (1985). Acts of War: The Behavior of Men in Battle. New York: Free Press.

Kulka, R.A., Schlenger, W.E. et al. (1990). National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study: Tables of Findings and Technical Appendices. (NVVRS). New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Litz, Brett T., and Roemer, Lizabeth. "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Overview." Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy 3:3 (1996): 153–168.

Matsakis, A. (1996). Vietnam Wives: Facing the Challenges of Life with Veterans Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress. 2nd ed., Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.

Nagl, John A., et al. (2007), The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Office of Research, Veterans Administration. "Research on delayed stress disorders among Vietnam veterans." Washington, DC, 1980.

Shay, M.D. Ph.D., Jonathan with Munroe, J (1999). "Group and Milieu Therapy for Veterans with Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." In Saigh, P.A., and Bremner, J.D. (eds.) (1999). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Comprehensive Text. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


Reflections on the Spiritual Wounds of War

MacNair, Rachel M (2002). Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Consequences of Killing. Westport CT: Praeger.

Mahedy, William P (2004), Out of the Night: The Spiritual Journey of Vietnam Vets. Knoxville: Radix.

Tick, Edward (2005). War and the Soul. Wheaton IL: Quest.

Personal Testimonies / Memoirs by Veterans and Spouses

War Correspondent:

Hedges, Chris

     (2003.1). War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. New York: Anchor.

     (2003.2). What Every Person Should Know About War. New York and London: Free Press.


Powell, Mary Reynolds (2000). A World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam. Chesterland, Ohio: Greenleaf.


Benimoff, Roger (2009). Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain’s Memoir. New York: Crown.

World War II Veteran:

Manchester, William (1980). Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. New York: Dell.

Korean War Veteran:

Brady, James (2000). The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea. New York: St. Martin’s.

Vietnam Veterans:

Anderson, Doug (2009). Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery. New York: W.W. Norton.

Kidder, Tracy (2005). My Detachment. New York: Random House.

Afghanistan / Iraq War Veterans:

Boudreau, Tyler E (2008). Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine. Port Townsend WA: Feral.

Carroll, Andrew (2006). Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and their Families. New York: Random House.

Henderson, Kristin (2006). While They’re at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Tripp, Elise Forbes, ed. (2008). Surviving Iraq: Soldiers’ Stories. Northampton MA: Interlink.

Wood, Trish, ed. (2006). What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It. New York, Boston: Little, Brown.

Poetry  and Stories by Veterans and Spouses


Anderson, Doug (1994). The Moon Reflected Fire. Cambridge, MA: Alice James.

Michael Casey (2002). Obscenities. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon.

O'Brien, T. (1990). The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Afghanistan and Iraq:

Turner, Brian (2005). Here, Bullet. Farmington ME: Alice James.

Martin, Missy and Loren, Jesse, eds. (2007). Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront. Phoenix: OmniArts.

Ponders, Kim (2005). The Art of Uncontrolled Flight. New York: Harper Collins.




A Company of Soldiers

This PBS Frontline report from inside the U.S. Army’s 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad, provides an up-close, intimate look at the dangers facing an American military unit in Iraq. Shot in the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, the film tracks the day-to-day challenges facing the 8th Cavalry’s Dog Company as it suddenly has to cope with a dramatic increase in attacks by the insurgents.



After the Fog: Interviews with Combat Veterans

Ten U.S. combat veterans, nearly all from Vermont, tell of their military experience in WWII, Vietnam and Iraq.  They provide vivid, poignant, personally charged accounts of their own enlistment, training, combat, and return to civilian life.  Their stories, skillfully woven together by the filmmaker, create a compelling and moving portrait of the American veteran across several generations.



The Ground Truth

A painfully candid window into the war in Iraq as it is endured on the ground and suffered long afterward by the veterans who have fought it. For them, in their own words, the most challenging battles await them as they take the long road home.



Let There Be Light

Filmed in 1946 for the U.S. government by the legendary director, John Huston.  Highly controversial in its day for its unguarded depiction of WWII battlefield fatigue, Let There Be Light was suppressed by the government for over thirty years after it was produced.



Muse of Fire: Operation Homecoming — Writing the Wartime Experience

Readings and interviews with distinguished authors, veterans and their families who participated in the Operation Homecoming Project, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Archives.



Occupation Dreamland

An unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraq city of Falluja during the winter of 2004.  Winner of the Working Films Award at the 2005 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.



The Soldier’s Heart

A 60-minute PBS Frontline documentary, telling the stories of soldiers who have come home haunted by their experiences and asking whether the government is doing enough to help them.



Voices in Wartime and Beyond Wartime

Heralded by the New York Times as “an elegant statement not only about the devastation of war, but also about poetry’s power to amaze,” these two films focus on the wounds of war and on the people who are working to heal them.



Why We Fight

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and featuring such diverse voices as John McCain, Gore Vidal, and Richard Perle, this film investigates a half-century of war-making and U.S. foreign policy since the 1961 Farewell Address of President Dwight Eisenhower.