Odysseus in America (Prebound)
Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming
Perfection Learning, 9781613838273, 352pp.
Publication Date: November 25, 2003
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In this ambitious follow-up to "Achilles in Vietnam, " Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the "Odyssey, " the story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life.
Seamlessly combining important psychological work and brilliant literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's greatest classics.
About the Author
Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D., is a staff psychiatrist in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston. His patients are Vietnam combat veterans with severe, chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. Visiting scholar-at-large at the U.S. Naval War College in 2001, Dr. Shay speaks frequently at the invitation of U.S. military services, universities, and colleges. He lives in the Boston area.