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American Requiem

American Requiem - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395859933

Cover of American Requiem 96 (ISBN 978-0395859933)
ISBN13: 978-0395859933
ISBN10: 039585993X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1996
International: No

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American Requiem - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395859933

James Carroll

ISBN13: 978-0395859933
ISBN10: 039585993X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

In this dramatic, intimate, and tragic memoir, James Carroll recovers a time that none of us will ever forget - a time when parents could no longer understand their sons and daughters and when young people could no longer recognize the country they had been raised to love. The wounds inflicted in that time have never fully healed, but healing is something that Carroll accomplishes in telling his family's remarkable story. The Carroll family stood at the center of all the conflicts swirling around the Vietnam War. Lieutenant General Joseph F. Carroll was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency through most of the war, a former FBI man who helped choose bombing targets but distrusted his fellow generals who wanted to use the Bomb. His wife, Mary, was a devoted friend of Francis Cardinal Spellman, the hawkish military vicar, yet she felt sympathy for antiwar priests and tried to balance her devotion to her husband with love for her sons. This shattering history takes its shape from the choices made by three of the five Carroll sons. Dennis, marked by fierce conscience, became a draft fugitive and exile. Brian, deeply loyal, joined the FBI and was assigned to track down draft resisters and Catholic radicals. James, wanting to fulfill the dream his father had embraced and then abandoned, became a Roman Catholic priest. But he quickly aligned himself with the very Catholic radicals and draft resisters who were one brother's target and another brother's support. While the war in Southeast Asia raged and the streets of America exploded with protest, Joe and Mary saw the precious world of their own family, centered on a gracious house on Generals' Row, collapse. None of the Carrolls would ever be the same.

Joe Carroll was an Air Force lieutenant who designated Vietnamese targets for American bombs. Joe's son, James, began adulthood by fulfilling his father's abandoned dream of joining the priesthood. But soon a father's hopes for his son--and a son's peace with his father--were ruined, when James chose to protest the war and all it stood for. Winner of the National Book Award.

This is a memoir by the novelist."A Roman Catholic seminarian and the devoted son of an Air Force general at the start of {the Vietnam War} period, Mr. Carroll had, by its end, become an active member of the Catholic left, estranged from his father and soon to quit the priesthood."(N Y Times Book Rev)