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In the summer of 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts organized a series of writing workshops led by prominent authors to encourage US troops and their families to record their experiences and reflections on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The result is this extraordinary volume of first-hand letters, poems, journals, memoirs, and e-mails from the men and women directly involved in battle and their families back home.

This uniquely personal addition to the long tradition of war literature covers the entire arc of a soldier’s journey, from those first experiences of combat, encounters with Iraqis and Afghans, and the humor and boredom of the daily grind, to the physical and emotional toll of battle, the struggle of loved ones back home to carry on, and finally the return and integration back into American life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This beautifully edited compilation of writings from modern warriors and their loved ones contains a wonderful range of voices and experience…This collection provides a truly multi-faceted and agenda-free look at the ongoing conflict from the Americans who lived it, and deserves a large audience.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Several readers share the narration, which gives each entry a unique tone…The stories are visceral, at times graphic. They are uniformly moving. Given that the war continues, some of the entries are almost poignant.”

    AudioFile

  • “An incredibly wide range of opinions and emotions about US policy in the Middle East, the war on terrorism, and the duties and responsibilities of citizens and the military. In 100 pieces of poetry, essays, letters, e-mails, plays, and journal entries…[are the] intimate perspectives from the people on the frontlines.”

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  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Audie Award FinalistAudie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Casie | 5/5/2013

    " Mindblowing in its honesty and depth. A must read for every American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Krista | 1/12/2012

    " Love the fact that this book is written by ordinary people...soldiers and their families. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wiley | 9/5/2010

    " Simply brilliant. I couldn't find the words to explain my experiences in Iraq - but these others have. And I'm thankful to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam | 12/31/2009

    " The letter I wrote is featured on page 194. It is a letter I wrote to my husband who was in Iraq at the time. "

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