Saturday, February 19, 2022

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Jerard W. Alexander


Volunteers:  Growing Up in the Forever War:

As a child, Jerad Alexander dreamed of being a soldier.  Obsessed with all things military, he joined the Civil Air Patrol for the uniform and reveled in the safe life “inside the castle” within the armed forces.  Like his mother, father, stepfather and grandfather, he dreamed of enlisting and playing his part in the Great American War Story.  Joining the US Marines straight out of high school, he came to realize, in Iraq, he was fighting a lost cause, the War on Terror that was just a fruitless display of American might.  Everything Alexander had planned his life around – was a mirage.

Alternating scenes from childhood with skirmishes in the Iraqi desert, this memoir introduces a powerful new voice in the literature of war. Jerad W. Alexander—not some elite warrior, but a simple volunteer—delivers a passionate and timely reckoning with the troubled and cyclical truths of the American war machine.


Jerad W. Alexander has written for EsquireRolling StoneThe NationNarratively, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Literary Reportage from the New York University Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism. From 1998 to 2006, he served as a U.S. Marine, deploying to the Mediterranean, East Africa, and Iraq. He grew up on military bases, from the east coast of the United States to Japan. He currently lives in New York City, but calls Atlanta home.