Unlocking the stories that need to be heard

“Journalists and historians have to distort war: in order to find the plot — causation, sequence, meaning — they make war more intelligible than it really is. In the literature by veterans, there are virtually no politics or polemics, in stark contrast to the tendentious way in which most Americans, especially those farthest removed from the fighting, discussed Iraq.”

— George Packer writing in The New Yorker, April 7, 2014

“When a man does not write his poetry, it escapes by other vents through him.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The real war will never get in the books.”

— Walt Whitman