Over the last few decades, as the United States has become embroiled in foreign war after foreign war, some of the most vocal activists for peace have been veterans. 

Guys Like Me is an inspiring multigenerational saga of men who were physically or psychically wounded by war, but are committed to healing themselves and others, forging a path to justice, and replacing endless war with lasting peace.


“A deeply personal, very human book. Michael Messner has brought on stage some eloquent survivors whom our politicians should listen to before they dare even consider sending young men and women out to fight yet again.” 

--Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

"Michael Messner delivers an eloquent, passionate, and moving account of how war has sometimes moved veterans towards peace.”

--Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer

“There is a revelation on every page of Guys Like Me. A truly humane book."

--Cynthia Enloe, author of The Big Push:  Exposing and Challenging Persistent Patriarchy

"Michael Messner is our new Studs Terkel.  Essential reading for those seeking to understand military veterans."

--Hugh Gusterson, author of Drone: Remote Control Warfare

Meet The Veterans

Learn more about the veterans featured in Guys Like Me, and view videos from interviews with these seven veterans for peace.

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the author

Learn more about the author, Michael A. Messner, and why he wrote Guys Like Me

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