Thank You for your Service

Thank You for your Service

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With a foreword by Rom#65533;o Dallaire and an introduction by Carol Off.

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, Finkel shadowed the men of the US 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Baghdad as they carried out the grueling fifteen-month "surge" that changed them all forever. Now Finkel has followed many of the same men as they've returned home and struggled to reintegrate - both into their family lives and into society at large.

In the ironically titled Thank You for Your Service , Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it reasonable, or even possible, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who can soldiers turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16.

More than a work of journalism, Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding -- shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane, it takes us inside the heads of those who must live the rest of their lives with the realities of war.

Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385680967
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 FINKE
Characteristics: xii, 254 p. : ill.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 17, 2018

Embedded author answered question on what happened to military veterans after they do their time in "the Surge" & Afghanistan. Post civilian life could be replicated on any country after any war. Gloomy & depressing despite the just the facts style , but make readers think. There were similar hints from Vietnam & WWII vets between the lines.
Book sure make people think second thoughts of joining the military & the potential price to pay.

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JudithE
Oct 29, 2016

"Compelling" covers this book. It's hard to read, and very credible. And we have the example of Romeo Dallaire living through his own haunted memories. Being a soldier is often terrible, and that often means terrible for life.

Jane60201 May 01, 2014

A compelling book which makes you wonder if our involvement in the Middle East is worth the devastation it has caused to many soldiers' lives.

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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 02, 2014

A follow up to The Good Soldiers which follows some of the veterans after their return to the U.S. Their stories are heart-rending. Should be required reading by anyone serving in or running for Congress.

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