Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

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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.

Title : Thank You for Your Service
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ISBN : 0385680961
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Nancy rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2016

finish date: 12/27/2013 If you've decided after reading about this book that it's too bleak, well, consider what the people in this book and others whose stories didn't make it into this book are going through. Or their wives, who married a guy, said goodbye to him as he deployed, and found that t...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

“Out of one war into another. Two million Americans were sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Home now, most of them describe themselves as physically and mentally healthy. They move forward. Their war recedes. Some are even stronger for the experience. But then there are the others, for whom...

Steven rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2013

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 Thank You For Your Service. And not because it is relevant (it is) or because it returns to the extraordinary lives of those first mentioned in The Good Soldiers (it does, tragic...

Gearóid rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2015

This book is the follow on to The Good Soldiers which you should really read before starting this book. The Good Soldiers tell the true story of real soldiers on their tour of duty in Iraq. Thank Your For Your Service is the story of how these young men with horrendous mental and physical injuries try...

Andrew rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2013

David Finkel writes without adjectives. Because his stories are powerful enough on their own. I really can't say much about this book that will fairly reflect its emotion. From the individual stories of broken men and families, to the military brass' reviews of soldiers' suicides every part strik...

Jenny rated it ★★★★★

October 07, 2013

Next time someone has something negative to say about the military as a whole, you should hand them this book.

Kay rated it ★★★★★

November 23, 2013

Reading this book is a harrowing experience, yet I wish every adult in America--and older teenagers, come to think of it--would read it. Oh yes, and especially our political leaders. While on the one hand we may not be harassing soldiers when they come home from war now, they way it was done to V...

Laura rated it ★★★★★

December 17, 2014

What I loved about this book is the writing, and how completely Finkel has erased himself from the narrative, and how smoothly the reader enters the various lives of the veterans he follows, even unto death. If you pay attention to what's happening in the world, there is no possible way you can e...

Mikey B. rated it ★★★★★

January 28, 2015

Given the subject matter this book is sobering and depressing. Its’ about veterans returning from combat; the examples are from the Iraq war and how their lives are shattered – the war has destroyed their normality. We follow the lives of about 10 veterans and their wives. The soldiers in this boo...

Alec rated it ★★★☆☆

September 20, 2017

As an Iraq and Aghanistan veteran, and having served in 2/508 in the same company and platoon as many of those depicted in this story and having worked with them on a daily basis for nearly two years before my transfer, I believe that the book reinforces the stereotypes of the "broken soldier" wh...

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