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Battle Fatigue by Mark Kurlansky
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Battle Fatigue

by Mark Kurlansky

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This story is not what I expected it to be but I was not at all disappointed. Through his protagonist, Kurlansky offers readers an insightful and provocative look at the difficult choices young people had to make during the Vietnam-war area. What do you do when you love your country but your conscience cannot allow you to fight in an unjust war? ( )
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Growing up in the years following World War II, Joel Bloom and his friends dreamed of either fighting in the military or leading the Dodgers to the World Series. But when Joel turns eighteen, the Vietnam War is in full swing, and the sides of war he learned about as a child are not nearly as clear. Old enough to be drafted, Joel loves his country but knows he cannot fight in an unjust war. After trying and failing to be a Conscientious Objector, he must decide whether to serve in Vietnam or leave for Canada-a decision that would help him avoid the violence of war but force him to leave behind those he loves and turn his back on everything he was brought up to believe. In an insightful and compelling novel from bestselling nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky comes an exploration of one teen's struggle to understand himself amid the harsh realities of life during wartime.

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Joel Bloom chronicles his life experiences during the 1960's which eventually lead him to oppose the war in Vietnam and to flee to Canada rather than be forced to kill Vietnamese.

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