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. These veterans for peace come from all different races, classes, regions, and generations.

 Santa Fe, NM chapter of Veterans for Peace marching in the annual Veterans Day/Armistice Day parade.

Santa Fe, NM chapter of Veterans for Peace marching in the annual Veterans Day/Armistice Day parade.

What common motivations unite them and fuel their activism?

Guys Like Me introduces us to five ordinary men who have done extraordinary work as peace activists: World War II veteran Ernie Sanchez, Korean War veteran Woody Powell, Vietnam veteran Gregory Ross, Gulf War veteran Daniel Craig, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Jonathan Hutto. Acclaimed sociologist Michael Messner offers rich profiles of each man, recounting what led him to join the armed forces, what he experienced when fighting overseas, and the guilt and trauma he experienced upon returning home. He reveals how the pain and horror of the battlefront motivated these onetime warriors to reconcile with former enemies, get involved as political activists, and help younger generations of soldiers.

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.  

 Gulf War vet Daniel Craig with Santa Fe, NM VFP colleagues for their weekly Friday peace vigil.

Gulf War vet Daniel Craig with Santa Fe, NM VFP colleagues for their weekly Friday peace vigil.

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