A finalist for the National Book Award!
A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of
Al-Ansakar Canal"-three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense
warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew-has transformed
the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America''s most
sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush
administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide
Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war.
Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests
of America''s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the
halftime show alongside the superstar pop group Destiny''s
Among the Bravos is the Silver Star-winning hero of Al-Ansakar
Canal, Specialist William Lynn, a nineteen-year-old Texas native.
Amid clamoring patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and
Support Our Troops bumper stickers on their cars, the Bravos are
thrust into the company of the Cowboys'' hard-nosed
businessman/owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a luscious
born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and
supersized pro players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Among
these faces Billy sees those of his family-his worried sisters and
broken father-and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened
Billy''s mind and died in his arms at Al-Ansakar.
Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand
difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family,
and his brothers-in-arms-soldiers both dead and alive. In the final
few hours before returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl,
yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching
decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his
Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking,
Billy Lynn''s Long Halftime Walk is a devastating portrait
of our time, a searing and powerful novel that cements Ben
Fountain''s reputation as one of the finest writers of his