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Author: Nick McDonell Narrator: Nick McDonell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9780525532811
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A groundbreaking, newsmaking, and breathtakingly written investigation into the true price of America's wars to innocents on the ground, from the bestselling novelist and internationally acclaimed reporter, Nick McDonell.

Since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians have died each month as a result of war-related violence in Iraq. The Iraq Body Count Project estimates at least 179,000 civilian casualties of war to date, a number that many believe is an undercount, but that continues to grow steadily to this day. Of the many questions arising from these numbers--numbers for which no one assumes responsibility, and which have been presented, historically, as fallout--perhaps the most fundamental question, for an American citizen, is this: How many civilian casualties should the United States tolerate?

Solatia (Greek for "reparations"), written by journalist Nick McDonell, sets out to answer that question. In all its wars, the United States both condemns and causes civilian casualties. But what exactly constitutes a civilian casualty? Why do they occur? What do our officials know of those reasons? How do they decide how many people they are willing to kill by accident--in a night raid, or drone strike, or invasion? And who, exactly, gets to decide? Solatia is a globe-trotting, decade-spanning exploration into one of the most controversial issues in the world. Interviewing intel officers, senators, police chiefs, widowed mothers, drone strike teams, Shiite militants, and many other sources, McDonell weaves together a character-driven narrative history that explains how the world's most powerful country can get things so wrong. Download and start listening now!


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About the Author

Nick McDonell is an American writer. He attended the Buckley School in New York City, the Riverdale Country School, and graduated from Harvard College in January 2007. He wrote the novel Twelve in 2002, at age 17. The subject of the novel is disaffection, despair, drug use and violence among a group of wealthy Manhattan teenagers during Christmas break. The publication of McDonell’s novel at such a young age was the subject of many articles in high-profile publications such The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly.