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For three years Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the United States and around the world to seek out the most powerful and unforgettable letters ever written during US wars.


Behind the Lines is the result of that extraordinary trip and represents the first audiobook of its kind: a dramatic, intimate, and revealing look at warfare as seen through the personal correspondence of US and foreign troops and civilians who have experienced major conflicts firsthand. From handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to e-mails from Afghanistan and Iraq, Behind the Lines captures the full spectrum of emotions expressed in times of war.

Like Carroll's phenomenal national bestseller War Letters, Behind the Lines is part of a larger effort to preserve correspondence that is riveting, insightful, and historically significant. This audiobook is also about Carroll's journey across the globe to visit the fields of battle where so many of these letters were written, meet with veterans and active duty troops who generously agreed to share their private correspondence, and speak with the family members who have lost their loved ones to combat.

Behind the Lines is a tribute to those who have fought for freedom, as well as a lasting reminder to present and future generations of the true nature of warfare and the sacrifices it demands of individuals, families, and entire nations.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinary...Achieve[s] an evocative power rare even in the best war literature.” 

    Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 19421943 

  • “Andrew Carroll studies the human side of war in this stirring, moving, and sometimes hilarious collection.” 

    Mark Bowden, New York Times bestselling author of Black Hawk Down

  • “Each letter is extraordinary in its own right, but together they illuminate war as it is rarely seen...This is a book born of great passion. This is a book with tremendous heart and soul.”

    James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys

  • “Carroll has made the very wise editorial decision of printing [the letters] as they were written, with misspellings, odd line breaks, and regional references intact; letters in translation reproduce idioms and distinctive grammatical turns word for word. The letters are, almost without exception, arresting in their earnestness, sincerity and passion, and diverse in their sentiments—brave, fearful, amorous, angry, resigned, conniving, unbalanced, stoical. The result is captivating in its immediacy.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is a wonderful book that should remind us of the grinding pain endured by both those who serve and those who wait for them.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tiffany | 4/17/2013

    " I had the audio book and it was awesome. I laughed so hard at some parts and had to fight to keep the tears away on others. Wonderful book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by shay | 8/7/2012

    " a really wonderful collection of letters and emails from soldiers and civilians in wars all over the world. this book was really touching and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kandis | 6/8/2011

    " Interesting and unique (more for my husband than for me) If your into war history--this book is for you "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie | 5/27/2011

    " The experiences of servicemen in OIF and OEF, told in their own words. Some of it is quite humorous and some of it is heart breaking, but it's enlightening to get a glimpse into what life is like for them. "

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