Odysseus in America : combat trauma and the trials of homecoming / Jonathan Shay ; foreword by Max Cleland and John McCain.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: In this ambitious follow-up to Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the Odyssey, the story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life. Seamlessly combining important psychological work and brilliant literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's greatest classics. Draws on Homer's "Odyssey" to illuminate the real problems faced by combat veterans reentering civilian society.
    • Content Notes:
      Table of contents: Introduction -- Odysseus among the rich civilians -- Pirate raid: staying in combat mode -- Lotus land: the flight from pain -- Cyclops: the flight from boredom -- Odysseus gets a leg up -- and falls on his face: the workplace -- A peaceful harbor: no safe place -- Witches, goddesses, queens, wives -- dangerous women -- Among the dead: memory and guilt -- What was the sirens' song?: truth as deadly addiction -- Scylla and Charybdis: dangers up, down, and sideways -- The sun god's beef: the blame game -- Above the whirlpool -- Calypso: Odysseus the sexaholic -- Odysseus at home -- Introduction -- From the clinic to the wall -- Lew Puller ain't on the wall -- Introduction -- Preventing psychological and moral injury in military service -- Odysseus as a military leader -- Conclusion -- Appendix I: a pocket guide to Homer's Odyssey -- Appendix II: information resources for Vietnam veterans and their families -- Appendix III: some proposals.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (page 267-312) and index.
      Adult Follett Library Resources.
      Adult.
    • ISBN:
      9780743211567 (trade)
      0743211561 (trade)
      9780743211574 (pbk.)
      074321157X
    • Accession Number:
      2002075817
    • Accession Number:
      tas.233590