of Sorrow" was begun about a month before the start of the war in
Iraq, early February 2003. The webpages for each individual page--or field--of
the book include text which I wrote to offer a brief gloss on the content
of the various pages/fields. These endnotes were added to the book after
its completion in October 2003. As I developed the book it branched out
from a critique of the Iraq War (which I consider to be a failure of geopolitical
imagination) to a broader questioning of the motives of war in general,
and specifically in our American past.