Accidental Warriors and Battlefield Myths

Illustrated by Sofia Vigas

"Since I was born, just before the United States entered World War II, this nation has been at war almost continuously and today has a military presence in over 100 countries. Nothing in this warrior nation is more celebrated than the image of the noble, patriotic and fearless warrior willing to sacrifice all in combat. Two myths support this image. The first is that warriors consciously decide to fight for their nation, freedom and noble ideals. The second is that patriotic citizens left behind will do anything to help the warriors. The stories in this book explore these myths."

The notion that warriors are fully conscious of the reasons they are fighting is a convenient fiction that sustains the culture of war and the warrior state. This collection of short stories shows how most soldiers are drawn into war by circumstances they neither understand nor control. The stories mix tragedy, humor, the macabre, and absurd. They are set in the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East. Brilliantly illustrated by Sofia Vigas, the stories end with a haiku poem. The last story is a hopeful fantasy about a peaceful land where accidental warriors retreat.


Title Accidental Warriors and Battlefield Myths
Author Tom Angotti
Illustrated by Sofia Vigas
Publisher Regent Press
BISAC Subject Heading FIC000000 FICTION
FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FIC032000 FICTION / War & Military
BIC Subject Heading J Society & social sciences
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 01 August 2011
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: FB      93 Thema subject category: FYB      93 Thema subject category: FJM
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 98 p.
ISBN-10 1587902214
ISBN-13 9781587902215
Publication Date 01 August 2011
Main content page count 98
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in.
Weight 5.2 oz.
List Price $12.00
Original Language English
Original Publisher Regent Press


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