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Author: Jonathan Shay Narrator: David Strathairn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2018 ISBN: 9781508267218
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An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In this moving, dazzlingly creative book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A classic of war literature that has as much relevance as ever in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is a “transcendent literary adventure” (The New York Times) and “clearly one of the most original and most important scholarly works to have emerged from the Vietnam War” (Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried). Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A transcendent literary adventure. His compassionate book deserves a place in the lasting literature of the Vietnam War.”

    New York Times

  • “A brilliantly creative extended analogy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Shay…has done a remarkable job of comparing and contrasting the Greek soldiers before Troy and US grunts in Vietnam.”

    Booklist

  • David Strathairn gives an excellent narration of this fascinating and insightful look at how war affects the psyches of men…Strathairn’s delivery of narrative has a somewhat staccato intonation, similar to that of a news reporter. He’s precise and easy to follow when speaking, and his clear voice adds dramatic effects as needed.”

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About the Author

Jonathan Shay is a Boston-area psychiatrist whose patients are Vietnam combat veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. He is also on the faculty of Tufts Medical School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

David Strathairn was nominated for an Oscar for his 2005 performance as famed CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good Luck. He is well-known for memorable performances in stage and screen roles.