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The Faces of War
War is about combat, and combat is the heart of war. It's what young boys glamorize, old men remember, poets celebrate, governments rally around, women cry about, and soldiers die in. But it's through second-hand sources that the majority of us experience war—through radio, film, television, newspapers, the Internet, and, of course, literature.
BNC's literature and film materials allow you to get up close and personal and experience different wars.
Explore "War and the Imagination," a study guide prepared by Susan Moeller, former professor of journalism at Brandeis University, that discusses the differences and similarities of the Civil War, World War II and Vietnam (Study with the Best).
Hear the individual experiences of six Jewish-American WWII soldiers in From Philadelphia to the Front, a film that includes archival footage, stills, newsreel, and photographs from the men's personal collections ('Deis Flicks).
In the middle of a war, author Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan, surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim cultures, and the kindness of strangers. Read The Places in Between by Rory Stewart (Encore Series).
Growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, a young girl's story of the devastating effects of a war with Iraq is presented in powerful black-and-white comic strip images in Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Questions for discussion are prepared by Dr. Nagmeh Sohrabi from the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis.
Want to know what's going on in Iran right now? Read an in-depth look at the events following the June 12, 2009, elections in Iran in a Middle East Brief prepared by Dr. Sohrabi: "Is Nothing Sacred in the Islamic Republic of Iran?" Click here for this Study with the Best material.