272 pages, 8.97 × 6.05 × 0.73 in
October 7, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385680988
ISBN - 13: 9780385680981
From the Publisher
"Finkel is a vivid and deeply informed writer. His reporting often approaches the level of detail of great journalists like Katherine Boo and Nicholas Lemann, writers who get inside the emotional lives of their subjects without being exploitative. . . . Thank You is an important piece of work." The Globe and Mail
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.
About the Author
DAVID FINKEL is a staff writer for The Washington Post and the leader of the Post's national reporting team. In 2012 he received a MacArthur Fellowship for his journalism, and in 2006 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about American-funded efforts to promote democracy in Yemen. Finkel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.
Praise for Thank You For Your Service:
• "A heartbreaking book powered by the candor with which these veterans and their families have told their stories, the intimate access they have given Mr. Finkel. . . . The stories of the soldiers and their families portrayed in Thank You for Your Service possess a visceral and deeply affecting power on their own that will haunt readers long after they have finished this book." The New York Times Book Review