Thursday, November 6, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

The Holman Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th for the observation of Veterans Day. 

While we spend this holiday honoring the service of those who have been in the US Armed Forces and Coast Guard, why not check out some of the Holman Library’s items that describe the experiences of what it was like to serve?


Band of Brothers (2001)
10 episodes
Available on DVD at the Holman Library: DVD collection, 2nd floor.

Band of Brothers is a historical dramatization based on the experiences of “Easy Company,” a company of airborne infantry who during World War II in Europe participated in D-Day, entered Germany, and were involved in the capture of Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” base. Although the TV series is dramatized, it is based off of the work of historians and interviews with surviving members of the real “Easy Company.”


The Things They Carried
by Tim O’Brien (1980)
Available at the Holman Library: Main Collection, 813.5 O13t 2009

The Things They Carried  is considered a classic work of literature, and one of the most evocative portraits of what it was like to serve as part of the US forces that went to Vietnam. Reviews of this work call it an artful combination of memoir, novel, and short story collection that emotionally describes the experience of being in a war, and remembering it afterward.


NPR podcast, originally broadcast March 24, 2010 on “Talk of the Nation”

In this interview with NPR, “O'Brien discusses what he still carries from his time in Vietnam,” the enduring themes of his book and how it has been discussed over the past 20 years, and the popularity the book has found with a new generation of readers.


Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the Face of Modern War
by Evan Wright (2005)
Available in the Holman Library: Main Collection, 956.704 W948g 2005

Evan Wright was one of the only journalists to accompany US Marines into Iraq during their first move into Baghdad in 2003. Wright expands his reporting, originally published in Rolling Stone, in this full-length account of what it was like to be “on the ground.” From the Booklist review: “Wright also explores how today's pop-culture-driven soldiers differ from those who fought more than three decades ago in Vietnam. A perceptive, often troubling examination of soldiers' view of war, peace, and combat.”

Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all veterans for your service!

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