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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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinary…[Thank You for Your Service] will bend your mind to the reality of an American war that is now well into its second decade.”

    Ben Fountain, New York Times bestselling author

  • This is not--nor should it be--an easy book. But it is an essential one. Elizabeth D. Samet, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Bishops straightforward, unadorned narration matches Finkel's style. He reads briskly in a soft, slightly raspy voice that establishes an emotional connection and effectively communicates facts as well as the physical, mental, and emotional toll of war. Booklist

  • Embedded with the veterans, their families, their friends, and their counselors, Finkel lights up the lives of these struggling souls, who often compound their real problems by convincing themselves they're 'weak' for 'abandoning' their buddies and seeking treatment... Vivid, compelling, heartrending. Jeff Stein, Bookforum

  • The Good Soldiers by David Finkel is the most honest, most painful, and most brilliantly rendered account of modern war I've ever read. Daniel Okrent, Fortune on The Good Soldiers
  • Finkel has made art out of a defining moment in history. Doug Stanton, The New York Times Book Review on The Good Soldiers
  • In a series of interconnected stories, Finkel follows a handful of soldiers and their spouses through the painful, sometimes-fatal process of reintegration into American society. The author gives a clear-eyed, frightening portrayal of precisely what it is like to suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury and what it is like to have the specter of suicide whispering into your ear every day. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • In this incredibly moving sequel, Finkel reconnects with some of the men of the 2-16--now home on American soil--and brings their struggles powerfully to life . . . Told in crisp, unsentimental prose and supplemented with excerpts from soldiers' diaries, medical reports, e-mails, and text messages, their stories give new meaning to the costs of service--and to giving thanks. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Thank You for Your Service is one of the best and truest books I have ever read. David Finkel cuts through all the spin, the excuses, the blowhard politics and mind-deadening metrics to discover the cost of war for the soldiers who fight it and the families they come home to. This extraordinary book will piss you off and break your heart. It will shame you and lift you up. It will bend your mind to the reality of an American war that is now well into its second decade. Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award
  • I'm urging everyone I know to give Thank You for Your Service just a few pages, a few minutes out of their busy lives. The families honored in this urgent, important book will take it from there. Katherine Boo, National Book Award–winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • Together with its masterful prequel The Good Soldiers, [Thank You for Your Service] measures the wages of the war in Iraq--the wages of war, period--as well as anything I've read . . . [Finkel] atones for our scant attention by paying meticulous heed. Frank Bruni, The New York Times
  • “I’m urging everyone I know to give Thank You for Your Service just a few pages, a few minutes out of their busy lives. The families honored in this urgent, important book will take it from there.” 

    Katherine Boo, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a heartbreaking book powered by the candor with which these veterans and their families have told their stories, the intimate access they have given Mr. Finkel…into their daily lives, and their own eloquence in speaking about their experiences…The stories of the soldiers and their families portrayed in Thank You for Your Service possess a visceral and deeply affecting power.”

    New York Times

  • “Finkel absents himself from the narrative, immersing the reader in the quotidian life of soldiers and their families. Thank You for Your Service is elegantly reported, free of the entanglements of crusading self-aggrandizement on the one hand and, on the other, an overidentification with its subjects.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Accents the disparity between the life-endangering combat commitment of these brave men and women and their intense difficulties reintegrating into ‘normal’ American life. One of the most powerful books of 2013.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Incredibly moving…Told in crisp, unsentimental prose and supplemented with excerpts from soldiers’ diaries, medical reports, e-mails, and text messages, their stories give new meaning to the costs of service—and to giving thanks.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The author gives a clear-eyed, frightening portrayal of precisely what it is like to suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury and what it is like to have the specter of suicide whispering into your ear every day.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “If Finkel weren’t such a vivid, compelling, heartrending writer, you’d never get through his agonizing weave of battles, from the bomb-strewn highways of Iraq to the psycho clinics of VA hospitals, and many ruined homes in between.”

    Bookforum

  • “Finkel’s plain-spoken clarity is ably voiced by narrator Arhut Bishop. A story so moving, and so vital, has no need of pyrotechnics. Highly recommended for all listeners.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Arthur Bishop is more than up to the task of recounting these lives in a way that will make listeners pause and consider their sacrifices…His unadorned style fits the book and allows the words to take center stage. He alters his voice slightly for characters, but no more than is enough to set them apart from the narrative. The result is an emotional experience, as some passages are quite graphic, that listeners are unlikely to forget quickly.”

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  • An NPR Best Book of 2013
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2013 Washington Post Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books
  • A 2013 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • A 2013 Barnes & Noble Best Book
  • Finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest
  • A 2013 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction Narration
  • Among longlisted titles for USA Today Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Nominated for Helen Bernstein Book Award - Nominee, 2013
  • The Globe Books 100, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Apple iBooks Best of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Winner of Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize, 2014
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Minneapolis Star Tribune Holiday Book Recommendations, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Seattle Times Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Christian Science Monitor Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Winner of NPR Best Book of the Year, 2013
  • Nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Boston Globe Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among shortlisted titles for L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for The Economist Magazine Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Chapters Indigo Best of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2013
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About the Author
Author David Finkel

David Finkel is one of the nation’ s most respected wealth experts. A former Olympic-level athlete, he is a real estate multimillionaire and the co-creator of Maui Mastermind, the world’ s most exclusive wealth retreat. He is also the bestselling author of five financial books, including The Real Estate Fast Track and his how-to financial articles have appeared in periodicals across the United States.

About the Narrator

Arthur Bishop is well known for his work in the history genre and his skillful narration of the popular title Thank You for Your Service.