Taylor Branch is the author of America in the King Years, a narrative history of the modern Civil Rights era in three volumes: Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire, and At Canaan’s Edge. (April 2007)

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Justice for Warriors

The Bonus Army: An American Epic

by Paul Dickson and Thomas B. Allen

Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation

by Suzanne Mettler
What does it mean to be a soldier of freedom? Is patriotism in a republic to be measured with blood or money? Does a military chain of command transmit democratic values? Americans have lionized, scorned, and patronized our own troops—often during the same war. Can soldiers and civilians truly look …