Thank You for your Service

Thank You for your Service

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers , a profound look at life after war

The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology of these wars as intimately as the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel. For The Good Soldiers , his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during the infamous "surge," a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed them all forever. In Finkel's hands, readers can feel what these young men were experiencing, and his harrowing story instantly became a classic in the literature of modern war.
In Thank You for Your Service , Finkel has done something even more extraordinary. Once again, he has embedded with some of the men of the 2-16--but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like--not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done.
The story Finkel tells is mesmerizing, impossible to put down. With his unparalleled ability to report a story, he climbs into the hearts and minds of those he writes about. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of these two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?

One of Publishers Weekly 's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013
One of The Washington Post 's Top 10 Books of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374180669
0374180660
Branch Call Number: 362.860973
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 17, 2018

Embedded author answered question on what happened to military veterans after they do their time in "the Surge" & Afghanistan. Post civilian life could be replicated on any country after any war. Gloomy & depressing despite the just the facts style , but make readers think. There were similar hints from Vietnam & WWII vets between the lines.
Book sure make people think second thoughts of joining the military & the potential price to pay.

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JudithE
Oct 29, 2016

"Compelling" covers this book. It's hard to read, and very credible. And we have the example of Romeo Dallaire living through his own haunted memories. Being a soldier is often terrible, and that often means terrible for life.

Jane60201 May 01, 2014

A compelling book which makes you wonder if our involvement in the Middle East is worth the devastation it has caused to many soldiers' lives.

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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 02, 2014

A follow up to The Good Soldiers which follows some of the veterans after their return to the U.S. Their stories are heart-rending. Should be required reading by anyone serving in or running for Congress.

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