Threads of The War collects and shares personal narratives during real events across the span of The 20th Century's War. From the seats of a German cinema in 1915 and high over Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 to under the water of the port of Alexandria Egypt and on a rail line in East Prussia in 1945, the reader is carried from one front of war to another in short easily-readable, yet emotionally compelling, bursts.
Each story in this collection opens the door to a unique personal facet of war; exposing the reader to the facts, fictions, and fallacies of armed violence. Following each story, the reader is provided specific and revealing facts about the events narrated, offering both entertainment and education within the time it takes to read a blog-post.
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I write first-person emotional history in order to teach people to avoid the wanton waste of war. My inspiration comes from a love of story telling, an infatuation with history, and personal experience in war torn places. As a student of Twain, Griffin, Sharp, Guthrie, Terkel, Thoreau, and Harris, I believe all stories are best told from the perspective of the individual experiencing the event and that learning about history should be an emotionally driven experience.Therefore, I push the conviction that all history is simply a personal story, compounded and woven with the personal story of everyone else, throughout time.
Through education and luck, I helped remove unexploded bombs from war ravaged countries, stem the flow of the world's most dangerous weapons, and potentially reduce the likelihood of war between some of the world's most powerful countries.
Now, I simply seek to warn the world of the human cost of violence.