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Author: C. J. Chivers Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2018 ISBN: 9781508260936
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Pulitzer Prize–winning conflict journalist C. J. Chivers follows the arcs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the experiences of those who fought them, as Stephen Ambrose did for the grunts of WWII and Michael Herr’s classic Dispatches did for Vietnam.

Almost 2.5 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C. J. Chivers has reported from both fronts from the beginning, walking side by side with combatants for more than a dozen years. He describes the experience of war today as it is endured by those most at risk—the camaraderie and profound sense of purpose, alongside courage, frustration, and moral confusion mixed with technical precision. In these remote places where the reason for their presence is sometimes not clear, these young men kill or are killed, facing palpable and often constant threat of ambush or hidden bombs. They repeatedly return, rushing toward danger, often to rescue the wounded in wars that escalate around them as the Pentagon changes doctrines and plans.

Weaving a history of the war through troops’ experiences, the characters in The Fighters climb into an F-14 cockpit for the opening strikes after the attacks of 9/11, hunt for Osama bin Laden along the Pakistani border, chase insurgent rocket teams with helicopters alongside American bases, face snipers in a hostile city in Anbar Province in Iraq, and engage in deadly counterguerilla warfare in the soaring mountains of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Some suffer terribly. All are changed. They return home, uncertain of their place in the world and what their wars have achieved.

Chivers accompanied combatants over many years and multiple tours, including many of the characters in this book, developing deep understanding of the experience of combat in our times. The Fighters, his tour de force, tells a history of America’s longest wars as well as the lives of the volunteers who have waged them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thrusts the reader straight into the sweaty, filthy, exhausted reality of war while also revealing the broad sweep and scope of our nation’s struggles. It joins the best war literature this country has ever produced.”

    Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Unflinching, insightful, and humane…A landmark work.”

    Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A riveting, heart-rending, and chastening account of the Americans who are waging wars that the rest of us have already chosen to forget.”

    Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A classic of war reporting…There is no down time in this relentless book.”

    New York Times

  • “An artist among war correspondents fashions a vast mosaic of bravery and miscalculation from the lives of American combatants.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Gripping, unforgettable.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A necessary, immersive narrative.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “May change what you think you know about the American military experience.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A must-read book.”

    Men’s Journal

  • “Chivers focuses on six combatants—an F-14 pilot, a Green Beret sergeant, a Navy corpsman, a helicopter pilot, an Army infantryman, and a Marine lieutenant…But the heart of the book is in-depth, intense reporting of their in-the-trenches tours of duty…This fast-paced, action-heavy work of long-form war journalism has bestseller written all over it.”

    Publishers Weekkly (starred review)

  • “Chivers knows that the closest thing to truth in war comes from the people at the far end of policy, those who have done the fighting, are fighting now, and will be fighting forever. This book is that truth, brilliantly told…A defining document of what war truly is.”

    David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in US Military Veterans History
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

C. J. Chivers, the author of The Gun and The Fighters, is a senior writer for the New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. His magazine story “The Fighter” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. He served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf War.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.