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An American requiem : God, my father, and the war that came between us

Author: James Carroll
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Joe Carroll was an Air Force lieutenant who designated Vietnamese targets for American bombs. Joe's son, James, began adulthood by fulfilling his father's abandoned dream of joining the priesthood. But soon a father's hopes for his son--and a son's peace with his father--were ruined, when James chose to protest the war and all it stood for.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Carroll, James, 1943-
American requiem.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996
Named Person: James Carroll; James Carroll; James Carroll
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Carroll
ISBN: 039577926X 9780395779262 039585993X 9780395859933
OCLC Number: 33983824
Awards: National Book Award, 1996
Description: 279 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: In the Valley of Bones --
J. Edgar, Joe, and Me --
State and Church --
Pope Speaks --
Joy to My Youth --
Religious Education --
Capers in Chains --
Holy War --
Imposition --
Priest Forever --
Last Word.
Responsibility: James Carroll.


A former priest describes his clash with his father, an Air Force general, over the Vietnam War and the issues that divided families at the time.  Read more...
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"Autobiography at its best." Publishers Weekly "A tragic, moving book about a family torn apart by the Vietnam War, a young man looking for God, a writer finding his voice." -- Boston Magazine

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