Folsom covers the military actions from 21 March 2003 through the April 2003 capture of Baghdad, and he accurately recounts the stress, excitement, and confusion of those historic days.With the book written from the notes and recollection of his wartime journal, this is a fascinating memoir revealing are his feelings as he dealt with his Marines, and how he matured as an officer and as a human being.
There, tucked away in the farmhouse, were photos going back generations, and living memories that could be tracked down through oral history.
Quinney is reconstructing a world that seems to have vanished with the days before pesticides.
In Quinney's farm family, unlike mine, a ten year old girl could own a camera and begin a lifetime of amateur documentation, making Of Time and Place almost a history of the popular art form, in the experience of one extended family.
For children growing up in the 1930s-40s, the horses to ride and the omnipresence of cowboy popular culture nurtured the imagined exoticism of the Wild West, in reality generations gone already, exciting adventures with men in black and white hats (especially the Lone Ranger, albeit with no hat at all, on the radio and in comic books).
Quinney is a retired sociologist of note, a considerable influence upon the study of criminology among a generation of scholars.
He came back home in retirement, to the college town closest to the family farm and one-room schoolhouse sites of yore (the farm is still in business, though turned over largely to conservation purposes).The other side came from North Devon, Britain, and included a Revolutionary War veteran.The historic moment of the farm purchase was a tumultuous time of Radical Reconstruction in the South and of struggles for women's rights and labor rights in the North, but these great events had little apparent effect upon the farming life.One great aunt leaves the farm to work for the railroad, then in a packing house, marries and has eight children, divorces, and lives alone, supporting herself by washing and ironing.Her sister, Quinney's grandmother, is dead at 35, from tuberculosis or s they called it, "consumption." In the cities it was known as the "Factory Disease," because the cramped conditions and poverty of the immigrant working class made them vulnerable; but tuberculosis swept the countryside as well, especially visiting itself upon the poor.Folsom uses the story of his role as company commander to tell the story of Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion as they participated in the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.