By Jennifer Percy
In 2005 a Chinook helicopter wearing 16 precise Ops squaddies crashed in the course of a rescue undertaking in a distant a part of Afghanistan, killing all people on board.
In that rapid, computer gunner Caleb Daniels misplaced his ally, Kip Jacoby, and 7 contributors of his unit. again within the US, Caleb starts to determine them everywhere—dead Kip, along with his Alice in Wonderland tattoos, and the remainder of them, their burned our bodies looking at him. yet there's something else haunting Caleb, too—a presence he calls the Black factor, or the Destroyer, a paralyzing horror that Caleb involves think is a demon.
Alone with those apparitions, Caleb considers killing himself. there's a pandemic of suicide between veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, women and men with post-traumatic pressure disease who can't focus on usual lifestyles within the aftermath of explosions and carnage. Jennifer Percy reveals herself interested in their tales, desirous to understand their reports and pain.
Her topic, Caleb, has been bringing broken veterans to a Christian exorcism camp in Georgia that supplies them deliverance from the conflict. As Percy spends time with those infantrymen and exorcists and their followers—finding their ideals either repellant and magnetic—she enters a global of fanaticism that's alternately terrifying and welcoming.
With a jagged lyricism akin to Michael Herr and Denis Johnson, Demon Camp is the riveting real tale of a veteran with PTSD and an exploration of the battles squaddies face after the struggle is over. Percy's riveting account forces us to gaze upon the real human results of the struggle on Terror.
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42 That attachment to Lincoln was inseparable from Whitman's own even more mystical commitment to the Union. Lincoln, he believed, had exemplified "a new virtue, unknown to other lands," called "UNIONISM''; and Whitman's description of it subsumed the glory of military self-sacrifice under the mantle of national apotheosis: "He was assassinated-but the Union is not assassinatedça ira! One falls, and another falls. The soldier drops, sinks like a wave-but the ranks of the ocean eternally press on.
Library of Congress Cataloging -in-Publication Data McCay, Wilfred M. The masterless: self and society in modern America / Wilfred M. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index ISBN 0-8078-21179 (alk. :alk. paper) 1. IndividualismUnited States. 2. Social integrationUnited States. 3. United States Social conditions. I. Title. 54dc20 939673 CIP 98 97 96 95 94 5 4 3 2 1 Page v FOR MAC AND MARY, more than conquerors Page vii Contents Acknowledgments, ix Introduction, 3 1 Grand Review, 9 2 Paradoxes of Antebellum Individualism, 40 3 The Prisonhouse of Self, 74 4 Ambivalent Consolidators, 105 5 The Search for Disinterestedness, 149 6 Totalitarianism: The Mind in Exile, 189 7 Guardians of the Self, 226 8 The Hipster and the Organization Man, 269 Notes, 297 Index, 347 Page ix Acknowledgments Before I wrote a book, I used to think the lengthy acknowledgments at the beginning of books were pretentious and superfluous.
In addition, my editor at Chapel Hill, Lewis Bateman, who is in a class by himself, offered numerous good suggestions and shrewd observations about the book even as he was expertly steering it into print; my thanks to him and to Fred Siegel for bringing us together. Thanks are also due to those who read parts of the manuscript, or read it in earlier drafts, and made valuable suggestions; these include Patrick Allitt, Joyce Appleby, Bob Asahina, Thomas Bender, Lee Congdon, Joseph Epstein, Eric Gorham, Paul Gottfried, Irving Louis Horowitz, Gary Huxford, Mike Lowenthal, Matt Mancini, John Shelton Reed, David Riesman, Douglas Rose, Peter Schwartz, Edward Shils, Richard Snow, David Steiner, Louise Stevenson, Henry Tom, and Gregory Wolfe.