The War Among the Paines
by John M. Millar
“The Wars Among the Paines” is a coming of age novel in the turbulent decade of the 1960s for Robert Treat Paine II. It documents his family’s saga as citizen soldiers through America’s wars WWI, WWII, KOREA and VIETNAM. The war within the Paine Family is created by the consequences of their experiences in their wars, as well as Treat’s sister, Joan, leading the national anti-Vietnam War protest movement.
“The Wars Among the Paines” is historical fiction that is meant to educate or re-educate all generations to the nature, costs in blood and treasure and tragic consequences of war. “The Wars Among the Paines” not only deals with America’s external wars, but also with its internal wars between the generations, the races, families, the government and the people and even the anti-war movements.
“The Wars Among the Paines” is an important work in that it incorporates the bulk of the twentieth century landscape of America’s history of not only its necessary wars, but also its follies in the civil wars of Korea and Vietnam.
"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."
Midwest Review of Books
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