Join us for an exciting evening with Ann Jones as she presents her new book, They Were Soldiers. This is the final volume in her trilogy of firsthand reports on the impact of America’s wars, going beyond what can be found in the official media. While Jones’ Kabul in Winter (2006) and War Is Not Over When It’s Over (2010) tell about civilian life in conflict-zones and the reality for women survivors, They Were Soldiers investigates the costs of the Afghanistan war for U.S. soldiers and their families. Having followed the war-wounded from their base in Afghanistan to foreign medical facilities, hospitals, and—for the lucky ones—back home, Jones depicts once more the contradiction between official American “progress” reports and the devastating failures on the ground.
Ann Jones is an independent journalist, photographer, and author of eight books, including the feminist classic Women Who Kill (1980). Her work has been translated into ten languages. She has written extensively about violence against women and served as a gender adviser to the UN. Since 2002 she has reported from conflict and post-conflict zones including Afghanistan, the Middle East, South Asia, West Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They Were Soldiers was supported by a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. Jones regularly writes for The Nation and TomDispatch.com.
This event is co-sponsored by the RLS–NYC, the Brecht Forum, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Haymarket Books.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 – 7:30pm
The Brecht Forum at The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15