Memoir from New Author Captures the Turmoil of a Nation Gripped by War and a Young Man’s Search for Inner and Outer Peace

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"The Struggle Within: Protesting the Iraq War" to be released to mark the Iraq War’s 10th anniversary.

The book...reveals an aspect of the war seldom discussed—the war from the perspective of a protestor in conservative North Texas during a time of spiritual, cultural, and political conflict.

Coinciding with the Iraq war’s 10th anniversary, the book, "The Struggle Within: Protesting the Iraq War" by John Dickson, adds to the reflection and debate on the war the anniversary brings through its story of a young man enduring a soul-searching journey, trying to stop the war before and after it began. The book also reveals an aspect of the war seldom discussed—the war from the perspective of a protestor in conservative North Texas during a time of spiritual, cultural, and political conflict.

“I looked up and saw the Washington Monument towering above and knew this is what America was all about. Not about military, geo-political, or global economic power. It was about the people, plain and simple. It was about people wanting to live in peace and for others to be able do the same, people coming together for power not to be wielded, to be left alone, like the weapon it is, unloaded, with the safety on.”

With almost weekly news reports of continued violence coming from Iraq, combined with U.S. troops coming home facing significant mental and physical challenges, the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war gives the nation and the world an opportunity to reflect on and learn from how the war began and the numerous lives it affected.

Distributed through Amazon’s CreateSpace and Redway Media, "The Struggle Within: Protesting the Iraq War" will be available March 19, 2013 in paperback ($15), ebook, and audiobook ($10).

About the Author: John Dickson is a teacher and writer living in Aurora, Colorado. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Arlington and a M. Ed. from Regis University in Denver. His interests lie in social justice, human and animal rights, and making the earth sustainable for future generations of all life forms. He also loves playing guitar, and spending time with his wife, children, and Sophie, the family Welsh Terrier.

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