Finkel, Pulitzer Prize winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and the author of The Good Soldiers, comes this 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.
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? Download and start listening now!