Home from the War

Learning From Vietnam


Publication Date: Apr 17, 2005

496 pp

Trade Paperback

List Price US $16.95
ISBN: 9781590511688


In Home from the War, the award-winning author and noted psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton offers a powerful critique of American militarism during the Vietnam War. Recognized as the ultimate text for those working with Vietnam veterans, the book’s insights have had enormous influence among psychologists and psychiatrists all over the world.

Lifton’s new preface connects the experience of Vietnam veterans with that of veterans of the war in Iraq. Both were brought into the ‘atrocity producing situations’ that led to My Lai and Abu Ghraib. Lifton raises the possibility that Iraq veterans could experience the kind of healing transformation that many who fought in Vietnam were able to achieve.



Excerpt from Home from the War

Home from the War is a work of major importance, integrating approaches derived from behavioral and social sciences, medicine, history and, above all, based upon a profound respect for humanity.” —G.F. Solomon, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine

“In a terrible way, Home from the War is about us all, whether we went to Vietnam or not. Read it carefully and if you cannot be moved by it or learn from it then you are probably dead.” —Gloria Emerson, author of Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War