New Book Brings to Light the Other Side of the Vietnam War

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Author Jack Cook gives voice to the people, who like him, took their stand against the Vietnam War to prison in “The Complete Rags of Time: A Season in Prison”

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Protest to conscription has riddled all American wars, from the Spanish-American War of the 19th century to the present wars in Afghanistan. It was during the Vietnam War, however, that draft evasion and resistance peaked. Antiwar movements started by civilians were sweeping across the country and was one of the forces that drove the draft resistance.

Jack Cook was among those who refused induction to serve in the Vietnam War. For this decision, Cook was sentenced to three years in federal prison only to be released two years later by order of the Supreme Court and informed that he was illegally placed there. In The Complete Rags of Time: A Season in Prison: (Parts 1 and 2), Cook offers a firsthand glimpse into this unforgettable time in his life and in the process of sharing his story, he gives voice to the hundreds of people who, like him, took their stand against the war to prison.

Unlike the previous Rags of Time: A Season in Prison (Beacon, 1972) which was only Part I of Cook’s work, this volume contains all of the author’s narratives written in the six month period after his release form Federal Prison in November 1970. His story not only brings to light personal experiences and the rippling effects of a single decision but also provides a thought-provoking study of America during the Vietnam War era. More than a wartime memoir, Cook’s gripping account ultimately raises essential questions on patriotism, loyalty, human rights and national identity.

Timely and relevant, The Complete Rags of Time: A Season in Prison will send readers deep into the mind and heart of a country inadvertently at war with itself and witness the lives of people who have become affected by this conflict.

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About the Author
Jack Cook was born in Brooklyn, New York, in l940, and was educated at King's College, Pennsylvania and Cornell University. He served as Associate Editor of The Catholic Worker from l966-l973. In l968, Cook was indicted and convicted for refusal of induction and sentenced to three years in Federal Prison. Two years into his term he was released by order of the Supreme Court. He is the author of Rags of Time: A Season in Prison (Beacon, 1972) and The Face Of Falsehood (Anthoensen, 1986). He currently lives with his family in upstate New York.

The Complete Rags of Time: A Season in Prison * by Jack Cook
(Parts 1 and 2)
Publication Date: July 18, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 372 pages; 978-1-4771-3739-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 372 pages; 978-1-4771-3740-6
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-3741-3

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