War and Memory

December 2007
Military History;Dec2007, Vol. 24 Issue 9, p29
The article comments on the arguments raised by literary critic Paul Fussell on the documentary film "The War," directed by Ken Burns. It cites the limitations in the views of Fussell on wartime experiences. It supports Fussell's claims that veterans keep silent about their war experiences because they are enormously different from normal life. However, it emphasizes the need for some veterans to speak of their experiences because efforts to understand military history are entirely dependent on memory.


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