Operation Homecoming:
Writing the Wartime Experience

About the CD

Operation Homecoming is an audio CD featuring the literature of war, read in the voices of ten of America’s most esteemed writers, most of whom served in war themselves. Narrated by NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, the CD presents fiction, poetry, letters, and memoirs from the Civil War, World War I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Operation Homecoming CD will be given free to troops to help them explore and realize their own literary potential.

A special audio program, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, featuring: Will D. Campbell, Shelby Foote, Barry Hannah, Victor Davis Hanson, Bobbie Ann Mason, Marilyn Nelson, James Salter, Louis Simpson, Richard Willbur, Tobias Wolff, and narrated by Dana Gioia.

[Site owner note: In pursuit of making this CD available to active servicemembers and veterans alike, these tracks were created from an original CD purchased at a thrift shop. You can find this CD on Amazon (as of 17 April 2021). Please right-click and Save As… to copy these files to your collection.]

Source: National Endowment for the Arts, Operation Homecoming

Operation Homecoming is made possible by The Boeing Company.

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