War and the writing of war is a deep marriage in America. The books are familiar and seminal: Hemingway's "Farewell to Arms," Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead," Joseph Heller's "Catch 22," Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" and the books of Tim O'Brien.
Now, a new generation of Americans soldiers is writing about its war: Iraq. And how they wrote, why they wrote and what they churned is the subject of a new PBS documentary called "Operation Homecoming."
This hour On Point: The written word at wartime.
Richard Robbins, Director, Producer and Writer for Operation Homecoming
Colby Buzzell, Army Specialist in a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, stationed in Mosul, 2003
Ed Hrivnak, Flight Nurse in Air Force Reserve, Iraq in 2003
Jack Lewis, Army Reservist, — in Iraq in 2005.
This program aired on April 16, 2007.