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Thank You for Your Service

Thank You for Your Service


Book Overview: Thank You for Your Service

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous "surge". Now, in Thank You for Your Service, Finkel tells the true story of those men as they return home from the front-lines of Baghdad and struggle to reintegrate--both into their family lives and into American society at large.

Finkel is with these veterans 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. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of 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?

"Finkel sketches a panoramic view of postwar life....A book that every American should read." --Jake Tapper, Los Angeles Times

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. One of Ten Favorite Books of 2013 by Michiko Kakutani ( The New York Times), a Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year, and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

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Publication Date2014-09-23
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David Finkel, a renowned American author and journalist, has established a prestigious career stretching over four decades, marked by his distinctive storytelling style and unwavering commitment to presenting the human element in every story. As a Pulitzer Prize winner, Finkel's work, primarily focusing on international conflicts and socio-political issues, has significantly impacted both the literary and journalistic landscapes within which he operates. In the early stages of his career, Finkel honed his craft at The Washington Post, eventually taking on the role of an international correspondent and traveling to regions embroiled in open conflict. The inimitable dynamism he demonstrated in his coverage of various international events culminated in Finkel being awarded the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2006. His ability to humanize the subjects of his stories and build a deep connection between readers and global happenings is adroitly reflected in his journalistic achievements. As a prolific author, Finkel's publications have drawn widespread attention and acclaim. His critically acclaimed books, 'The Good Soldiers' and 'Thank You for Your Service,' provide raw and compelling insights into the lives of U.S soldiers during the Iraq War. The vivid narratives within these works demonstrate Finkel's remarkable talent for embedding himself into the environments and lives of his subjects. This ability, combined with his journalistic integrity and exceptional writing style, marks David Finkel as one of the most respected and influential figures in modern American journalism and literature.

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