Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
Thank You for Your Service
A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE, THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE, AND THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY HELEN BERNSTEIN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM
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No columnist has figured with the brain research of war as personally as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his smash hit account from the forefronts of Baghdad, Finkel installed with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they completed the notorious “surge,” a difficult fifteen-month visit that transformed them all eternity.
In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel takes after a significant number of those same men as they return home and battle to reintegrate―both into their family lives and into American culture on the loose. He is with them in their most close, agonizing, and confident minutes as they attempt to recuperate, and in doing as such, he makes a permanent, basic picture of what life after war is like―not only for these troopers, however for their spouses, dowagers, youngsters, and companions, and for the experts who are really attempting, and to an incredible degree falling flat, to fix the harm that has been finished. Much thanks to You for Your Service is a demonstration of comprehension, and it offers a more entire picture than we have ever had of two basic inquiries: When we ask young fellows and ladies to go to war, what are we asking of them? Also, when they return, what are we expressing gratitude toward them for?