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Kevin Powers (born July 11, 1980) is an American fiction writer, poet, and Iraq War veteran.

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Kevin Powers entered the US army at the age of seventeen. For a year he served in Iraq. After leaving the army and a number of useless jobs, he went to the University of Virginia to study English. He is currently teaching poetry at the University of Texas in Austin. With The Yellow Birds, he wrote, according to many, the great novel about the war in Iraq.

The Yellow Birds is the story of the young soldier Bartle, for whom the Iraq war is a hopeless void. His endless days are full of...
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Set in Virginia during the Civil War and a century beyond, this novel by the award-winning author of The Yellow Birds explores the brutal legacy of violence and exploitation in American society.
"A masterpiece. Powers has written a novel that includes all the ferocity, complexity, and racial violence of the American South" --- Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust
Spanning over one hundred years, from the antebellum era to the 1980's, A Shout in the Ruins examines the fates of the...
Book cover from A Rumor of War: The Classic Vietnam Memoir (40th Anniversary Edition) by Philip Caputo
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The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Vietnam memoir―featured in the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick―with a new foreword by Kevin Powers

In March of 1965, Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home―physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever...
Book cover from The Cognitive Neurosciences (The MIT Press) by Philip Caputo
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The fifth edition of a work that defines the field of cognitive neuroscience, with entirely new material that reflects recent advances in the field.

Each edition of this classic reference has proved to be a benchmark in the developing field of cognitive neuroscience. The fifth edition of The Cognitive Neurosciences continues to chart new directions in the study of the biological underpinnings of complex cognitio―the relationship between the structural and physiological mechanisms of...
Book cover from Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art (The MIT Press) by Philip Caputo
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The paperback edition of a milestone work that has been unavailable for several years, documenting the short but influential life of Black Mountain College.

Although it lasted only twenty-three years (1933–1956) and enrolled fewer than 1,200 students, Black Mountain College was one of the most fabled experimental institutions in art education and practice. Faculty members included Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Ilya Bolotowsky, John Cage, Harry Callahan, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster...
Book cover from The D-Day Assault: A 70th Anniversary Guide to the Normandy Landings by Stephen T. Powers
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Revised First Edition with new photos, museums and other listings. This compact guidebook not only describes the most significant land invasion of World War II, but features detailed battlefield tours, identifies monuments, and locates museums. Learn the main attractions at both the American and British landing sites, including the airborne operations behind enemy lines. The D-Day Assault, A Guide to the Normandy Landings After 70 Years, contains a wealth of detailed information that is perfect...
Book cover from The Last Dance: The Skywalks Disaster and a City Changed by Kevin Murphy
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To mark the 30th anniversary of the Hyatt skywalk tragedy, Kansas City Star Books presents "The Last Dance: The Skywalks Disaster and a City Changed." This hardcover book honors the memories of the 114 who lost their lives in the collapse at the Hyatt Regency on July 17, 1981, and the countless others injured and touched by the event. The collapse remains the single biggest structural failure in the United States. The book examines not just the collapse itself but why it occurred, the many...
Book cover from Finding Custer: An American Icons Journey from West Point  to the Little Bighorn (Battlefield Guides Online) by Stephen T Powers
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This compact guide book describes the sites and battles associated with General George Armstrong Custer. It features detailed battlefield tours, identifies monuments and locates museums. Learn how an ambitious young soldier, who was the last in his class at West Point, rose to be a famous Civil War general, and more prominently, fallen Indian fighter.
Book cover from Endurance and Emergence: Catholics in Ireland in the Eighteenth Century (History) by Stephen T Powers
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Book cover from Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems by Kevin Powers
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The award-winning author of The Yellow Birdsreturns with an extraordinary debut poetry collection.
National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written...