312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 2 tables, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1294-2
Published: February 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1295-9
Published: February 2014
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Awards & distinctions
2016 Richard W. Leopold Prize, Organization of American Historians
In this benchmark study, Jacqueline Whitt foregrounds the voices of chaplains themselves to explore how those serving in Vietnam acted as vital links between diverse communities, working personally and publicly to reconcile apparent tensions between their various constituencies. Whitt also offers a unique perspective on the realities of religious practice in the war's foxholes and firebases, as chaplains ministered with a focus on soldiers' shared experiences rather than traditional theologies.
About the Author
Jacqueline E. Whitt is assistant professor of strategy at the Air War College.
For more information about Jacqueline E. Whitt, visit the Author Page.
“Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.”--Choice
“A major achievement. . . . Whitt has provided an excellent resource for understanding the impact of Vietnam on the modern chaplaincy, and an excellent defense of chaplaincy against its critics. All military chaplains, especially those in supervisory roles, should read this work.”--Cercles
“For those seeking to write more personal and less institutional, cultural, or political studies—and for anyone interested in the Vietnam War--Bringing God to Men offers a foundational investigation of the subject.”--Journal of American History
“A detailed account of chaplains during the Vietnam War. . . . [A]n interesting review of an often overlooked aspect of the conflict.”--On Point: The Journal of Army History
"Engaging and fascinating." --American Historical Review
"Fresh and illuminating . . . persuasively refutes the long-established and prevailing narrative that chaplains sold out their religious role and obligations for promotion and professional approval."--Journal of Church and State
Multimedia & Links
Follow the author on Twitter @notabattlechick.
Listen: Whitt talks to Bob Wintermute in this interview for the New Books in Military History podcast. (7/5/2014, running time 1:07:30)
Read: In a guest blog post, Whitt discusses how the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has affected military chaplains two years after the legislation was repealed. Read "Cooperation without Compromise: Military Chaplains’ Responses to the End of DADT" (2/17/2014).
Read: In another guest blog post, Whitt explores how today’s military chaplains mediate and field arguments between both sides of the “War on Christmas” debate. Read "Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah from Uncle Sam."(12/18/2013).