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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (7 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846273315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846273315
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.2 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A sometimes harrowing but ultimately hopeful book about PTSD and its effect on the lives of soldiers and medical staff on their return from war zones. Some of the stories in the book stayed with me long after I had finished reading' -- Bob McDevitt, Best Books of 2016, Herald

'Compelling, humbling and hugely inspiring accounts from the real heroes of our era. We have a duty to understand what these men have given on our behalf' -- Bear Grylls

'Matthew Green has documented the hidden cost of modern war in a way no other author has ever even attempted. Intelligent, sensitive, courageous and tenacious, he has spent two years listening to the harrowing stories of former soldiers struggling to cope with PTSD and hearing how the military and medical establishment have, for the most part, failed them. The MoD should hang their heads in shame if this book does not become required reading at every staff college. Aftershock hasn't come a moment too soon' -- James Fergusson, author of A Million Bullets

'This is a most compelling book which tells the story of those who have suffered so much in the conduct of operation to protect our security. Mental health pressures need to move centre stage in our priorities now!' -- Sir Richard Dannatt, former General Chief of Staff

'If we expect our lives and freedoms to be protected we have a duty to those who do this. As a society, as people, surely we must take responsibility for the bodies, minds, and indeed souls of those who fight for us? Aftershock makes this point again and again, powerfully and compellingly' -- Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House and trauma therapist

'Compelling and instructive... Aftershock is a work of integrity and substance, and as so much of it touches on interdepartmental matters it ought to be read by every minister' -- Spectator

'Aftershock sharply exposes the faults in the current system and reads like an urgent manifesto for change to cope with the growing number of cases of PTSD... The stories Green has collected are so powerful, in part, because they are some of the only means we have of measuring the true scale of PTSD in Britain'
'It's a testament to Matthew Green's even-handedness that his unsentimental but horribly affecting tales of soldier's lives destroyed by their experiences in combat never descends into war is hell clichés...mixing journalistic rigour with historical investigation, he goes in search of a solution for post-traumatic stress disorder.'
Alexander Larman, The Observer --Daily Telegraph

'Matthew Green's book seeks to highlight the plight of ex-soldiers who return from Britain's wars to find themselves unable to cope...This is a thoughtful, unsensational account of a significant problem...The author does a useful service by highlighting this issue. He is right that the armed forces and NHS must do more for those who struggle to adjust to post-combat existence' -- Max Hastings, Sunday Times

'Aftershock is a thought-provoking enquiry into PTSD. It contains important insights into a problem that is rarely covered in any but the most superficial way. I highly recommend it' --Literary Review

'[Aftershock] is an intelligently written and agreeable unsensational study by Matthew Green, a seasoned journalist with experience of reporting from recent combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan...What makes Green's study so important and so timely is the fact that during his research he was given full access to the charity's [Combat Stress] ground-breaking work. At the same time he is not blind to its shortcomings and the criticisms voiced by other healthcare professionals... It's never easy to encourage people to discuss such matters [regarding PSTD] but Green has done just that. All too often the veterans have been so traumatised by the actions that triggered PSTD that revisiting the time, place and the circumstances can be damaging but Green has clearly worked at the problem. One of the many strengths of this nuanced book is the sympathy and compassion he brings to the experiences of soldiers...Only now are the military authorities taking the problem seriously and Green's revealing and thought-provoking study is a much-needed addition to a subject which is not going to go away anytime soon.' Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald

'[An] outstanding study of the psychological wounds affecting British military personnel adapting to life at home after serving in the country's most recent wars' --New Statesman

About the Author

For the past fourteen years, MATTHEW GREEN has worked as a correspondent for Reuters and the Financial Times, reporting from over thirty countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. His first book, The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Joseph Kony, won a Jerwood Award and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize. His writing has also appeared in the Economist, The Times and Esquire. www.matthewgreenjournalism.com


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