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War's Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America

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With U.S. soldiers stationed around the world and engaged in multiple conflicts, Americans will be forced for the foreseeable future to come to terms with those permanently disabled in battle.At the moment, we accept rehabilitation as the proper social and cultural response to the wounded, swiftly returning injured combatants to their civilian lives. But this was not alwa

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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As someone who tends to think that the American Civil War explains everything you could ever want to know about the United States, I really enjoyed War's Waste. Two issues stood out for me.

On a fundamental level, this book asks us to consider what a soldier is: workman or hero. At the turn of the last century, several different political and social factions had a stake in defining his role. If the nation considers soldiers "employees" in the military, then the government's obligations change. I
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