Before meeting John, I tended to avoid movies or books that dealt with the subject of war. But after marrying a man with a hole in his neck (the result of a gunshot wound in Vietnam), the topic of war became impossible to ignore. I read dozens of books from John's bookshelves in order to try to understand war. I learned about the experiences of grunts, the politics that sent soldiers to Southeast Asia, and John's unique perspectives of the rescue missions and medical side of war. After nine months of saving lives, John then had his own life saved.Following five years of research, I began writing John's story. I gained tremendous respect for the medical teams in Vietnam-from field medics and Dustoff helicopter ambulance crews to the aid stations and hospital personnel. They truly represent the best our national character has to offer. AN INTRODUCTION TO WAR is written in narrative form, mixing the tenderness of romance with the grittiness of war. I hope it offers understanding and healing to women as well as men. John and I originally planned to write one book. However, as length grew it became obvious that a second book was needed. AN INTRODUCTION TO WAR takes John through Vietnam, physical healing, and growing awareness in college. Now, we are working on AN INTRODUCTION TO PEACE, which begins when I John and I met in 2000.