I'm to teach "Reading, Reasoning, and Writing" at Chabot College this spring.
Given Pres. Obama's decision, announced last night, to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan, I've decided to focus the course readings on the psychological consequences of war for combat soldiers.
Our primary texts will be:
Shadow of the Sword: A Marine's Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption, by Jeremiah Workman.
Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, by Jonathan Shay.