Thank You for Your Service

By David Finkel
(Sarah Crichton Books, Hardcover, 9780374180669, 272pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

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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.




About the Author
David Finkel is the author of "The Good Soldiers", listed a best book of 2009 by the "New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Slate.com", and "The Boston Globe", and winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is a staff writer for "The Washington Post", and is also the leader of the Post's national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen, and the MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2012. Finkel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.
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