Thank You for Your Service (Compact Disc)
From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of" The Good Soldiers," a profound look at life after war
The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology of these wars as intimately as the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel. "For The Good Soldiers," his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during the infamous "surge," a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed them all forever. In Finkel's hands, readers can feel what these young men were experiencing, and his harrowing story instantly became a classic in the literature of modern war.
In "Thank You for Your Service," Finkel has done something even more extraordinary. Once again, he has embedded with some of the men of the 2-16 but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done.
The story Finkel tells is mesmerizing, impossible to put down. With his unparalleled ability to report a story, he climbs into the hearts and minds of those he writes about. "Thank You for Your Service" is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of these two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?
One of "Publishers Weekly"'s Best Nonfiction Books of 2013
One of "The Washington Post"'s Top 10 Books of the Year
A "New York Times "Notable Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013
A "Kirkus Reviews "Best Nonfiction Book of 2013.
About the Author
David Finkel is the author of "The Good Soldiers", listed a best book of 2009 by the "New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Slate.com", and "The Boston Globe", and winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is a staff writer for "The Washington Post", and is also the leader of the Post s national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen, and the MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2012. Finkel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.
Arthur Bishop s books include Courage of the Early Morning (1965), a biography of his father that has sold more than 65,000 copies in Canada, Courage in the Air (1992), Courage on the Battlefield (1993), Courage at Sea (1994), Our Bravest and Our Best: Stories of Canada s Victoria Cross Winners (1995) and Destruction at Dawn (1998). He enlisted in the RCAF in 1941 and served overseas as a Spitfire pilot. Following the war, he became a reporter with The Windsor Star and later joined Ronald s Advertising Agency. In 1967 he formed his own company, PPS Publicity Ltd., and served many of Canada s leading corporations. He is past director of the Canadian Fighter Pilots Association and of the Canadian International Air Show. He was awarded the 1999 Bear Hackle Award for his contribution to Canadian military history by the York Garrison of the 78th Fraser Highlanders. He lives in Toronto.
Ex-auto mechanic turned real estate multi-millionaire, PETER CONTI and ex-Olympic level athlete turned real estate multi-millionaire DAVID FINKEL are two of the nation's leading real estate experts. Over the past 10 years their 100,000 students have literally bought and sold over $1 billion of real estate. Conti and Finkel have coauthored 15 real estate courses together and three other real estate bestsellers, including the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller Making Big Money Investing in Foreclosures Without Cash or Credit.
“Bishops straightforward, unadorned narration matches Finkel’s style. He reads briskly in a soft, slightly raspy voice that establishes an emotional connection and effectively communicates facts as well as the physical, mental, and emotional toll of war.” – Booklist
AMAZON 2013 BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
Praise for Thank You for Your Service
“This is not—nor should it be—an easy book. But it is an essential one.” —Elizabeth D. Samet, The New York Times Book Review “Embedded with the veterans, their families, their friends, and their counselors, Finkel lights up the lives of these struggling souls, who often compound their real problems by convincing themselves they’re ‘weak’ for ‘abandoning’ their buddies and seeking treatment… Vivid, compelling, heartrending.” —Jeff Stein, Bookforum
“Together with its masterful prequel The Good Soldiers, [Thank You for Your Service] measures the wages of the war in Iraq—the wages of war, period—as well as anything I’ve read . . . [Finkel] atones for our scant attention by paying meticulous heed.” —Frank Bruni, The New York Times
“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 honored in this urgent, important book will take it from there.” —Katherine Boo, National Book Award–winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
“Thank You for Your Service is one of the best and truest books I have ever read. David Finkel cuts through all the spin, the excuses, the blowhard politics and mind-deadening metrics to discover the cost of war for the soldiers who fight it and the families they come home to. This extraordinary book will piss you off and break your heart. It will shame you and lift you up. It will bend your mind to the reality of an American war that is now well into its second decade.” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award
“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)
“In a series of interconnected stories, Finkel follows a handful of soldiers and their spouses through the painful, sometimes-fatal process of reintegration into American society. 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)
Praise for The Good Soldiers
“Finkel has made art out of a defining moment in history.” —Doug Stanton, The New York Times Book Review
“The Good Soldiers by David Finkel is the most honest, most painful, and most brilliantly rendered account of modern war I’ve ever read.” —Daniel Okrent, Fortune