One family. Four wars.

“The Wars Among the Paines” documents the Paine family’s saga as citizen soldiers through America’s wars: WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Find out what are the consequences of their experiences both fighting in the wars and leading anti-war movements.

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A sister who opposes the war

“Since she was a little girl, our Joan was always a champion of the underprivileged, a spokesperson for the disenfranchised and an opponent of violence and war. She applied the teachings of Martin Luther King, jr of non-violent protest to the peace movement against the Vietnam War.”

A family that should have thrived and multiplied...

“As I finished reading the memorial plaque, I became overwhelmed by the reality of the devastating effects of war on my family and myself.”

About the Author

John M. Millar grew up in Central Pennsylvania; and graduated from Cornell University in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969; graduated from Officer Candidate School in July 1967; served as a First Lieutenant with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969; and received two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal and a Commendation Medal from the U.S. Army. From the Vietnam government, Millar received the Vietnamese Honor Medal and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross for joint operations.

Praise for The Wars Among the Paines

"With echoes of Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks, John M. Millar writes convincingly about the dysfunctional Paine family and how wars—from the “Great War” to Vietnam—scarred, shattered, and strengthened them. Millar deftly wraps the major events that ripped the U.S. asunder in the late 1960s—the Vietnam War, anti-war demonstrations, race riots, and political assassinations—into the saga of a family simultaneously being pulled apart and drawn together."

Flint Whitlock, Author of Internal Conflicts and The Fighting First 

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-04-08T20:52:13+00:00

Flint Whitlock, Author of Internal Conflicts and The Fighting First 

"With echoes of Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks, John M. Millar writes convincingly about the dysfunctional Paine family and how wars—from the “Great War” to Vietnam—scarred, shattered, and strengthened them. Millar deftly wraps the major events that ripped the U.S. asunder in the late 1960s—the Vietnam War, anti-war demonstrations, race riots, and political assassinations—into the saga of a family simultaneously being pulled apart and drawn together."

"The Wars Among the Paines is a formidable novel, but Millar uses the backdrop and familiarity of the 60s and 70s and spices pages with music of the era to inform and entertain along the way."

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-08-24T19:13:11+00:00
"The Wars Among the Paines is a formidable novel, but Millar uses the backdrop and familiarity of the 60s and 70s and spices pages with music of the era to inform and entertain along the way."
"In his first novel, septuagenarian John Millar uses an interesting mix of literary styles to educate his readers about the nature of war, its cost in blood, and its consequences in the lives, loves, and hopes of those who chose or were forced to wage it. The sweeping saga that unfolds places the action both in actual wartime battles on foreign soil and also back home."

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-08-24T19:14:12+00:00
"In his first novel, septuagenarian John Millar uses an interesting mix of literary styles to educate his readers about the nature of war, its cost in blood, and its consequences in the lives, loves, and hopes of those who chose or were forced to wage it. The sweeping saga that unfolds places the action both in actual wartime battles on foreign soil and also back home."
"Millar used an impressive amount of reference materials that are listed on three pages at the back of the book. For the fiction parts we get a ton of details about Paine’s school years—all of them: subjects he studied, classes he took, his thoughts about his instructors, and final grades he made. The fact that Millar makes those parts nearly as interesting as military combat shows what skills he has as a writer."

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-08-24T19:11:28+00:00
"Millar used an impressive amount of reference materials that are listed on three pages at the back of the book. For the fiction parts we get a ton of details about Paine’s school years—all of them: subjects he studied, classes he took, his thoughts about his instructors, and final grades he made. The fact that Millar makes those parts nearly as interesting as military combat shows what skills he has as a writer."
"A thought-provoking novel about the lasting consequences of war on societies, families, and individuals."

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-08-24T19:22:21+00:00
"A thought-provoking novel about the lasting consequences of war on societies, families, and individuals."
"Wow, so impressed! I have read a lot of books. This is the best! What a great read, especially for those of us that relate to this period in history."

Former Business Partner

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-07-18T01:02:08+00:00

Former Business Partner

"Wow, so impressed! I have read a lot of books. This is the best! What a great read, especially for those of us that relate to this period in history."
"A sweeping saga rooted not only in war and family history, but social change."

Midwest Review of Books

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-08-24T19:21:01+00:00

Midwest Review of Books

"A sweeping saga rooted not only in war and family history, but social change."
"John Millar tells the fascinating story of the Paines’ family of warriors, from George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Revolutionary War, to the battlefield doctor for the Union Army, to the French frontline, to Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge, to the Pusan Perimeter, and to the Tet Offensive and Fire Support Base Riley."

Terry H. Anderson, author of The Movement and the Sixties

The Wars Among the Paines
2020-04-16T15:16:17+00:00

Terry H. Anderson, author of The Movement and the Sixties

"John Millar tells the fascinating story of the Paines’ family of warriors, from George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Revolutionary War, to the battlefield doctor for the Union Army, to the French frontline, to Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge, to the Pusan Perimeter, and to the Tet Offensive and Fire Support Base Riley."
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