Fighting without Fanfare
New collection offers true stories about humans
dealing with universal struggles: marriage, family,
friendship, discontent, death, and war.
Author Carol Megathlin confronts, with unsettling honesty, the problematic issues that arise in almost every human life. As a grateful civilian, she also seeks to understand the human consequences of war through the stories of individual soldiers she has encountered.
Fighting without Fanfare: Honest Thoughts about Human Dilemmas by newspaper columnist Carol Megathlin is a collection of selected works in two categories. The first deals with her experience in handling personal and family issues, particularly those common to midlife, that usually go undiscussed. The second half tells the stories of soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. The accounts give the reader intimate glimpses into our troops’ hearts and minds just before they board the plane for combat, while they are in the field, and after they return home. In October of 2010, the author spent two weeks with a battalion of 3rd ID troops in Iraq.
Originally published in major Georgia, north Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama newspapers, Megathlin’s columns offer frank observations on the human condition. Focusing primarily on the baby boomer generation, the columns comment on conflict and emotional upheaval attendant upon looming retirement, dissatisfaction in marriage, the anger generated by caring for an aging parent, and the importance of – and loss of – close friends. The book also offers pieces inspired by Megathlin’s work as founder of the Adopt-a-Soldier program for the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and the two weeks she spent in Iraq visiting a unit deployed to Anbar Province.
“I think readers will find this book a surprising and reassuring glimpse into a fellow human being's life as she confronts some of the same situations they are facing,” Megathlin says. “Readers will witness the stories of individual troops from the viewpoint of a grateful civilian. My hope is that they will come to appreciate, as I have, the character of the Americans upon whose shoulders our country's security rests.”