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)

Justice for Warriors

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 …