The Madness of It All

Essays on War, Literature and American Life


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About the Book

“I cannot begin to count the number of times over the past 37 years that I have wished I had never heard of Vietnam, let alone fought in the Vietnam War. That experience has haunted my days. It has troubled my nights. It has shaped my identity and colored the way I see the world and everything in it”—from the Preface.
W.D. Ehrhart, called “one of the great poets and writers of nonfiction produced by the Vietnam War” by The Nation, here presents 43 essays, whose topics include not only the Gulf, Vietnam, and Korean wars, the conflict between Israel and Palestine, war and journalism, and American war poetry, but also junk mail, the Internet, the IRS, tugboats, drawbridges, race relations, the justice system, health care, small town life in America, nicotine addiction, the bravado of youth, honesty and American culture, the rhetoric of national mythology, and presidential isolation, among others.

About the Author(s)

Memoirist, poet, editor, and Marine veteran, W.D. Ehrhart taught English and history at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. The author of twenty books, his prose and poetry have appeared in hundreds of publications including the Los Angeles Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Utne Reader, Reader’s Digest, American Poetry Review and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He was a major presence in the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War.

Bibliographic Details

W.D. Ehrhart
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 283
Bibliographic Info: photos, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1333-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8340-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii

Preface     1

The Essays     9

Military History of W.D. Ehrhart     265

About the Author     267

Index     269

Book Reviews & Awards

“As a poet and editor, Bill Ehrhart is clearly one of the major figures in Vietnam War literature”—John Newman, curator of the Vietnam War Literature Collection at Colorado State University; “one of the great poets and writers of nonfiction produced by the Vietnam War”—The Nation; “delightful…fascinating…a first-rate book…highly recommended”—Library Journal; “a smorgasbord of interesting subjects characterized by good writing is found”—Catholic Library World; “one of the most fascinating writers in America”—Intervention Magazine; “contains 43 essays on a variety of topics, including the Vietnam War”—The VVA Veteran.