Achilles in Vietnam

Author(s): Jonathan M.D. Shay

Vietnam War

In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer's "Iliad" with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the "Iliad" was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.


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Herbert Mitgang The New York Times A transcendent literary adventure. His compassionate book deserves a place in the lasting literature of the Vietnam War.

Jonathan Shay is a Boston-area psychiatrist whose patients are Vietnam combat veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. He is also on the faculty of Tufts Medical School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

General Fields

  • : 9780684813219
  • : Simon & Schuster
  • : Pocket Books
  • : 0.254
  • : October 1995
  • : 213mm X 140mm X 17mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jonathan M.D. Shay
  • : Paperback
  • : Touchstone ed
  • : 616.85
  • : 246
  • : illustrations