They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from Am erica’s Wars

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

November 7th, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Haymarket Books & Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung
They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars
The Untold Story
Ann Jones

Ann Jones (PhD is an independent journalist and photographer. She has written eight books, contributed to fifteen others, and produced countless articles. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She has written extensively about violence against women—in books such as the feminist classic Women Who Kill (1980)—and served as a gender adviser to the UN. Since 2002 she has reported from conflict and post-conflict zones including Afghanistan, the Middle East, South Asia, West Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Having written chiefly on war’s impact upon civilians, in 2010 she began to embed with American forces in Afghanistan to report on what our wars do to our own soldiers.

They Were Soldiers is the last volume in a trilogy on the impact of war that began with Kabul in Winter (2006), about civilian life in war torn Afghanistan, and continued with War Is Not Over When It’s Over (2010), about women survivors of civil wars in African and Asian countries, as well as Iraqi women and their families who fled to Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon from yet another American war on their land. Her work on They Were Soldiers was supported by a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her current journalism appears most often in The Nation and online at She now lives in Norway.

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