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Elizabeth D. Samet

  • The allure of military life and its heroic promise seem indestructible, but nothing threatens the romance of war more effectively than war itself.

  • Our national fondness for celebrating the physical heroism of soldiers — the apparent readiness with which they sacrifice their lives to larger causes — eclipses the far less romantic displays of moral and intellectual fortitude that also distinguish so many of them. In turning them all into heroes, we have lost a sense of the individuality they also fight to preserve.

Elizabeth D. Samet, U.S. writer