News and Reviews:
Everyday sociology blog, Guys Like Me: Life History Analysis and the Intersection Between Biography and History, May 20, 2019
Gender and Society Blog, FROM MANLY SILENCE TO PROJECTS OF PEACE, April, 22 2019
LA Progressive, Can the Military Be Reformed?, Spring, 2019
Voice male magazine, Vets for Peace: “Thank you for your service”, Spring, 2019
The Page 99 Test, Michael Messner's Guys Like ME, January 6, 2019
Vermont Conversation with David Goodman, Warriors to end wars: Veterans for peace, December 20, 2018
ForEword Reviews, Review of GUYS LIKE ME FIVE WARS, FIVE VETERANS FOR PEAcE, December 2018
The Conversation, Veterans have fought in wars – and fought against them, november 8, 2018
World BEYOND War, Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying, November 2, 2018
the daily trojan, Professor to publish book following lives of veterans, October 19, 2018
USC Dornsife News, The true meaning of Armistice Day — a commitment to peace, October 9, 2018
Reviews of Guys Like Me
“The greatest of all myths about wars is that they come to an end. This deeply personal, very human book shows how ten, twenty, thirty, sixty years later their hurts and scars live on in those who fought them. 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
"With Guys Like Me, Michael Messner delivers an eloquent, passionate, and moving account of how war has sometimes moved veterans towards peace. Messner’s interviewees give us hope that humanity might yet one day listen to the soldiers who have gone to war, the ones who tell us, again and again, that war’s devastation is never worth it."
--Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer
“There is a revelation on every page of Guys Like Me. The journey any man takes to transform his sense of his own manliness isn’t direct or simple. And, as Michael Messner shows us in these five engaging life histories, each gendered journey will have added twists and turns when distorted by militarism. A truly humane book."
--Cynthia Enloe, author of The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging Persistent Patriarchy
"Michael Messner is our new Studs Terkel. His five men speak with extraordinary eloquence about the psychic wounds they suffered in war, and the moral odysseys they undertook to break the silence that surrounds the human cost of war in the United States. Each man fought in a different war, but each tells a common story of exploitation by their own government and a descent into numbness, followed by redemption. These men form an intergenerational chain reflecting with honesty and courage on masculinity and war. Messner describes and analyzes their experiences with warmth and insight. Essential reading for those seeking to understand military veterans."
--Hugh Gusterson, author of Drone: Remote Control Warfare
“Military veterans are putatively honored in this military-minded country. However, writes Messner, ‘the voices of actual veterans who have fought our wars are mostly under the radar.’ That is especially true, he adds, of veterans who have returned from war and now advocate peace—and resistance to war…Messner's narrative points the way for other activists seeking to build popular opposition movements.”
"Guys Like Me is well written; Messner does a fine job of telling the men’s stories, conveying the complexity of their struggles by sharing their words and providing vivid details about their lives. What we see are real people, confused and lost at times, trying to reclaim their humanity and repair the damage caused by participating in organized violence."
--Gender & Society