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Fall 2008

Fall 2008

The War at Home

Volume 84, Number 4

• Elliott Woods on a suicide bombing in Iraq and its aftermath
• Joshua Casteel on his time as an Army interrogator at Abu Ghraib
• Mara Hvistendahl on China’s gender imbalance
• Blake Bailey on John Cheever’s childhood
• Another installment of “Jordan W. Lint” by Chris Ware
• Oscar Villalon on why football is America’s new pastime
• Poetry by Ted Kooser and Albert Goldbarth

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Fall 2008, The War at Home

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When Janey Comes Marching Home

The first time I heard a woman describe her time in Iraq in glowing terms, I was taken aback. Marine Colonel Jenny Holbert told me that being in charge of public affairs for the second battle of Fallujah was “probably one of the biggest events [...]

Editor’s Desk




Author Profiles

Elliott D. Woods is a contributing editor to VQR. His VQR-sponsored website Assignment Afghanistan received the 2011 Digital National Magazine Award for Multimedia Package.

Brian Turner is the author of a memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country (Norton, 2014), and two collections of poetry, Here, Bullet (Alice James, 2005) and Phantom Noise (Alice James, 2010).

Laura Browder’s most recent book is Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America (North Carolina, 2006).