Author(s): Robert M. Poole
While On Hallowed Ground chronicled the history of the cemetery, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery is the powerful contemporary biography of a five-acre plot where many of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been laid to rest alongside service members from earlier wars. Gifted writer and reporter Robert Poole opens the story with preparations for Memorial Day, Arlington's biggest event, when thousands of families come to visit those buried in the 624-acre cemetery, legions of Rolling Thunder motorcyclists patrol the streets with fluttering POW flags, and service members place miniature flags before each of Arlington's graves. What emerges is a portrait of our national cemetery as a living, breathing community, and a narrative about how improvised explosive devices, suicide bombs, and enemies who blend in with local populations have changed the nature and aftermath of conflict. Several of the newest recruits for Section 60 have been brought there by suicide or post-traumatic stress disorder, a war injury newly described but dating to ancient times.
Using Section 60 as a window into the latest wars, Poole recounts stories of courage and sacrifice by fallen heroes, and explores the ways in which soldiers' comrades, friends, and families honor and remember those lost to war-carrying on with life in the aftermath of wartime tragedy. Section 60 is a moving tribute to those who have fought and died for our country, and to those who love them.
From the acclaimed author of On Hallowed Ground, the heartfelt and revealing story of Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery today, the final resting place for many casualties of our most recent wars.
Graceful and dignified.There is ample evidence of sacramental need in the many Arlington rituals that Mr. Poole relates in such moving detail. Wall Street Journal [On Hallowed Ground] This engaging history .is also the story of America's maturation through death and war. The Economist [On Hallowed Ground] Gracefully written, often deeply affecting history.Like the nation itself, Arlington bears the scars of its history, as Poole eloquently shows. The Washington Post [On Hallowed Ground] A book of extraordinary depth.moving and eloquent. Journal of American History [On Hallowed Ground]
Robert M. Poole is a writer and editor whose work for National Geographic, Smithsonian, and other magazines has taken him around the world. His last book, On Hallowed Ground, earned wide critical acclaim and was one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2009. Poole, former executive editor of National Geographic, lives in Vermont.