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ISBN: 9781616957155
Published: Soho Press - August 2nd, 2016

Scranton diverges sharply from the first wave of fiction about Iraq and Afghanistan by talented veterans "whining about how nobody understands the moral complexity of being an imperial stormtrooper" to expose how what Orwell calls "the dirty work of empire" is really being done. He resists our impulse to pity and romanticize "the trauma hero" (title of Scranton's provocative essay on common war fiction tropes) by approaching the war from three perspectives: American soldier, Iraqi civilian, and U.S. home front. Scranton's collage technique captures the collective unconscious of the global war on terror better than any of the war fiction produced in recent years.