Today, the United States remembers and thanks all veterans who have served this country. For those of us who have not served, memoirs are stirring and sobering first-person accounts of war. We’ve selected a few titles as recommended reading.
- Civil War: The Civil War Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
- World War I: Toward the Flame by Hervey Allen
- World War II: Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Dick Winters and Cole C. Kingseed
- Vietnam War: A Rumor of War by Phillip Caputo
- Gulf War: Jarhead by Anthony Swofford
- Iraq War: Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army by Kayla Williams
Though not a memoir, this collection of accounts is just as important, as it has been a neglected subject:
- All US wars: Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service by Edward E. Curtis IV
As we head into this weekend after a hard week, try to see the stories within the strangers around you.