The relevance today of this book is uncomfortably urgent.
I write this review as an israeli however have no desire to use this review as a platform for political opinions. I (like most members of the first world) am busy and concentrate primarily on daily chores. I am not a political activist. I just want to do my work well, go home, play with my children, get the dinner on the table.
However, I need to scream out the importance that Coleman's book focuses on. War- having our husbands, our children, the teachers of our children at schools and so on, living in a situation that effects everyone. That screws up everyone.
We witness the escalation of violence and stress and usually sit back and tsk tsk tsk.
This needs to be addressed and Flashback makes one look directly at this reality. It is much more actual and pertinent to our society than we like to think. In Israel and undoubtedly in the u.s. too, I notice a steady devaluation of human life whilst going along happily with my daily activities.
and the affliction of PTSD.. It isn't a "sexy" or popular topic and in this book Coleman speaks directly, clearly. Approaching the effects of the syndrome via the history and hindsight of Vietnam is central to attaining a perspective that accentuates the relevance, the danger and the fear I have today.