In this powerful anti-war vel set in WWII Japan, Lieutenant Nate Hooper isn't sure he'll survive the fight. And if he does make it home, he isn't sure he can survive the peace. He's done a terrible thing, and struggles to resolve the mistake alongside an unrepentant Japanese soldier and a Japanese woman who is trying to save both men. The characters face a decision that will forever define them t by their war against each other, but by their war against themselves. This is a tale of moral complexity, of decisions that last longer than people do. With allegorical connections to America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the reverse chrology telling of Hooper's War turns a loss-of-incence narrative into a tale of why that loss is inevitable.
Peter Van Buren is a former Foreign Service officer at the Department of State. He is the author of We Meant Well and Ghosts of Tom Joad. His commentary has been featured in the Guardian, HuffingtonPost.com, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and Salon.com, among other publications. He is currently collaborating with Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker James Spione on a film about federal whistleblowers. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.