Thank You For Your Service (The Cost of War) Hardcover – 14 Nov 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A simply written factual account of the personal experience endured by too many people far too frequently. A good sense of perspective keeps the narrative from becoming 'mawkish'!Published 23 months ago by 2Dogs
I read the previous book (The Good Soldiers), so it was really interesting to see what happened next. Compelling and scary.Published on 3 Jun. 2014 by Sarah Hrybyk