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The Bookshelf: June 21, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Ghost in the Ranks.

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GHOST IN THE RANKS: Forgotten Voices & Military Mental Health

by John J. Whelan

Ever since Dr. John Whelan (Going Crazy in the Green Machine, 2014) started working with veterans, he has felt that he had a duty “to ensure that the voices of those men and women wounded by their service are heard and not forgotten.” He does not fail in that mission in his new book — part medical report on the emotions that trigger PTSD, part journalistic investigation into the lives of soldiers who have returned home from war zones — which creates a bridge between suffering veterans and the people who want to understand and help them recover. In this volume, readers hear episodic tales from veterans with diverse experiences: from those who felt “intensely angry about their service” and others who struggled to integrate themselves “into a world with vague structure and unclear directions.”

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