Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War
Algonquin Books, 2021.
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Jerad W. Alexander., & Jerad W. Alexander|AUTHOR. (2021). Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War . Algonquin Books.Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)
Jerad W. Alexander and Jerad W. Alexander|AUTHOR. 2021. Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War. Algonquin Books.Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)
Jerad W. Alexander and Jerad W. Alexander|AUTHOR. Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War Algonquin Books, 2021.MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)
Jerad W. Alexander, and Jerad W. Alexander|AUTHOR. Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War Algonquin Books, 2021.
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|Full title||volunteers growing up in the forever war|
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