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Thank You For Your Service (The Cost of War) Hardcover – 14 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe; New edition edition (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1922247081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1922247087
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this incredibly moving sequel, Finkel reconnects with some of the men of the 2-16 now home on American soil and brings their struggles powerfully to life . . . Told in crisp, unsentimental prose and supplemented with excerpts from soldiers diaries, medical reports, e-mails, and text messages, their stories give new meaning to the costs of service and to giving thanks. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The author gives a clear-eyed, frightening portrayal of precisely what it is like to suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury and what it is like to have the specter of suicide whispering into your ear every day. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

I'm urging everyone I know to give Thank You for Your Service just a few pages, a few minutes out of their busy lives. The families honoured in this urgent, important book will take it from there. --Katherine Boo, National Book Award winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

About the Author

David Finkel is the national enterprise editor of The Washington Post. He joined the Post in 1990 and has worked for the paper's national, foreign, and magazine staffs. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and throughout the United States, and was part of the Post s war coverage in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. Among Finkel's journalism honours are a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about US-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. He has been a Pulitzer finalist three other times, for both explanatory reporting and feature writing. A 1977 graduate of the University of Florida, Finkel is married, has two daughters, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


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"Thank You For Your Service" by David Finkel is an intimate story that tells story about the former soldiers and severity of their integration back into society.

Somehow this is a sequel to his previously published work "The Good Soldiers" where author introduced us the soldiers of one Infantry Battalion that left for Iraq.
Their return is described in this book and reader can realize how changed they become due to their experience not matter how short it was, someone malicious could say.

These are people who have wounds that are invisible on first sight, they don't lack any of the limbs or are disabled in common sense, that would have probably helped them to be seen as victims. Instead they have PTSD and TMI, problems that are still a mysterious to most people and often misused, thereby often belittle.

We see how is difficult for them to continue living their normal lives, with their families but also on general level how difficult their society reintegration is.

The title of the book is made in somehow ironic way because this is a sentence they've been hearing lot of times since they came back but anyone besides themselves and their families know and can't understand how difficult is to be back, how strange it feels to start living again normal life after all the shocking events they've been through.

The author writes without any hesitation, his stories are powerful while he portrays former soldiers as broken men together with their families that became broken due to their war experience.
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This book gives humbling insight into the damaged minds of American Servicemen, victims of PTSD, returning from our new age wars. It powerfully demonstrates war on a second front - at home - where wives and family try valiantly to come to terms with this changed, returning warrior. The tragedy experienced by them all is gutting. Attempts made by the forces to help and support these terribly damaged people is touching ......... but the bottom line is forcibly brought home to us all. War ruins all the lives it touches.
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Just let me say. If there was one book on my reading list from this past year that I would recommend people read it is this. Such an incredible story that makes you really root for the people the author is talking about. I loved the writing style and the way the author tackled such a sensitive subject. It shows incredibly well how soldiers struggle after coming home from war and doesn't censor what the cost of war really is.
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David Finkel was ideally placed for writing two important books. He was "embedded," to use the Pentagon's expression which conveys its preferred method of improving the journalist "spin" on a war, with the 2/16th Infantry, during the "surge" of American forces in Iraq in 2007-08. His book on the unit's experience The Good Soldiers won numerous awards. This is a sequel, of sorts, concerning what happened to a select group of these soldiers once they returned to the States.

Finkel provides the important context for his sequel. He says that two million American soldiers have served in either Afghanistan or Iraq. He claims that 20-30% of the soldiers who deployed to these theaters now suffer from some form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), percentages that I think must be on the high side. The experience of the men of the 2/16th were far more intense, and therefore not typical of the vast majority of soldiers. The author does not address why PTSD seems to be so much higher than other wars, though probable reasons are the multiple tours of duty and the "disconnect" with the American civilian population that is totally unaffected by the war. The author explains his methodology which involves reconstructing the dialogue of the principle characters. And the dialogue seemed to be authentic to me. He also says that he obtained the agreement of the soldiers and their families to write the story as Finkel saw it, without prior approval. All fair enough, so the stage is now set, and it is mainly in America's heartland, near Ft. Riley, Kansas, where their unit is based when not in Iraq.
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An incredible book which I really found offered an upsetting insight into the hardship suffered not just by America's soldiers but even more so by their families and loved ones. Not sure the Pentagon will be too pleased as the support offered to those who have served their country and are suffering as much mental pain as physical don't seem to be as well cared for after the battles as they were prior to and during the conflict. " Thank you for your service " should be compulsory reading for the top brass. These guys deserve a lot more than sympathy from readers.
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