Soldiers are ultimately vessels and vassals of the state, and they do not go to war of their own accord, so why shouldn’t the state or the community help relieve them of their guilt when they return home?
– David Morris
Drawing on his own battles with post-traumatic stress, journalist and author David Morris has written a humane, unforgettable book about PTSD. Through interviews with people living with PTSD; forays into the rich scientific, literary, and cultural history of the condition; and reflections on his own experience, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with PTSD and their loved ones, but to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time. Read the New York Times Sunday Book Review of David Morris’ book The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Morris, a war correspondent and former infantry officer, US Marine Corps was also a panelist at Cal Humanities’ state-wide initiative War Comes Home Public Conversation on The War Within: Veterans and PTSD held at the Sacramento Public Library last summer.
Watch a video of the public conversation here.