How I Learned That I Could Push the Button (Hardcover)

By Jerome Gold

Black Heron Press, 9780930773670, 157pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

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These essays compose a compact history of the effects of the war in Viet Nam on American life. Colored by the impact of the war, they portray some of the ways in which we looked at later events. Certain themes arise again and again-the perceived threat presented by the Other, the permeability of borders that separate like from other, the tension between loyalty to one's fellows and obligation to nation or country or society, the distrust of abstraction and those who use abstraction to manipulate us. These essays, drawing on the author's direct experience of one war and his peripheral experience of another, may be considered a companion volume to his acclaimed novel, Sergeant Dickinson.

About the Author

Jerome Gold is the author of thirteen books, including the fiction collection, The Moral Life of Soldiers, and Paranoia & Heartbreak, a memoir of the years he spent as a rehabilitation counselor in a prison for children. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Praise For How I Learned That I Could Push the Button

"How I Learned That I Could Push The Button is the personal memoir of Jerome Gold and drawn directly from his experiences in the Vietnam War. Discussing the issues of perceived vs. actual threat, loyalty, obligation, how abstraction is used to manipulate others, and the brutal and terrible side to war itself, How I Learned That I Could Push The Button is a very sober recounting of a troubled and hazardous time. Also serving as a companion to the Jerome Gold’s novel, “Sergeant Dickinson”, How I Learned That I Could Push The Button deftly explores how the fictional Sergeant Dickinson might have lived and been in the decades following that novel’s conclusion." — Midwest Book Review, January 17, 2004