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Thank You for Your Service #2020

Thank You for Your Service From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers a profound look at life after warThe wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters but none has reckoned with

  • Title: Thank You for Your Service
  • Author: David Finkel
  • ISBN: 9781427235336
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Thank You for Your Service By David Finkel, From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after warThe 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 BaghdaFrom a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after warThe 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 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 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 2013An NPR Best Book of 2013A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

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    1. finish date 12 27 2013If 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 the man who came back home was someone entirely different Rarely in life does a book come along that has me telling everyone I know that they have to read it I just finished Thank You For Your Service, and [...]

    2. 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 the war endures Of the two million, studies suggest that 20 to 30 percent have come home with post traumatic stress disorder PTSD a mental health condition triggered by some type of terror, or traumatic brain in [...]

    3. 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, tragically , or because the author s style, word choice and manner in which he shares these after war stories makes them all the real they do Read it because there is no better written account of the heartbreaking [...]

    4. This book is the follow on to The Good Soldiers which you shouldreally read before starting this book.The Good Soldiers tell the true story of real soldiers on theirtour of duty in Iraq.Thank Your For Your Service is the story of how these young menwith horrendous mental and physical injuries try to adjust to normallife again after seeing,doing and experiencing terrible things thatnobody should have to go through It is really a very heartbreaking book to read as a lot of these youngmen are reall [...]

    5. 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 strikes a blow to your heart These are the stories of the men whom a modern empire has tried to help after using them Or at worst, has spat them out and forgotten And the saddest realization is that innumerable tr [...]

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

    7. 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 Vietnam vets, on the other hand we are still not paying them enough attention We destroy people s lives and health and then forget about them It is sickening Read this book, and you will understand better wha [...]

    8. 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 escape the knowledge that a significant number of soldiers engaged in America s current wars return suffering from PTSD and a staggering number commit suicide I ve never properly understood why such post w [...]

    9. 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 book are all male The relationship with their wives, if they were married before deployment, has altered forever and it certainly is not a better relationship.What they experienced in the war the indifference and [...]

    10. 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 while acting as though the conflicts are responsible for many of the personal problems that were present in a population of people with misaligned personalities and bad habits.Out of dealing with many of the [...]

    11. EVERY time I read this book on the subway, I missed my stop Last time, I missed my stop so I got out and turned around, then got re absorbed in the book and went too far again and had to turn back around the same way, then when I FINALLY got out at the right stop and boarded another train, I missed that NEXT stop too I finally just got out at some random ass location to force myself to walk because at this point it had taken me over two hours to make a dumb 45 minute journey.Also, EVERY time I r [...]

    12. The closing line of David Finkel s Thank You for Your Service is Go go go go Those words are spoken by Adam Schumann to his son as they re arriving home after Adam s six month stay a rehabilitation facility for veterans needing mental health support I guess we re supposed to hope that things get better for Adam and his family, that his wife doesn t find him in the basement with a shotgun against his head again But I m not sure what else Finkel wants for his readers, if anything When I closed the [...]

    13. David Finkel is a reporter who has no detachment from his subject matter he was one of the journalists who was allowed to be embedded with an infantry battalion in Iraq, and wrote his first book about that experience For this book he maintains that same intimacy with his subjects, as he writes about many of those same soldiers, who have now returned home, but have not left the wars behind, even though back on U.S soil These men and their families try to resume their lives, but struggle with Post [...]

    14. This book reminds me of the 90 s bestseller We were soldiers once, and young later a movie in 2002 and I believe it will inspire Republican filmmakers in Hollywood for the rest of this decade.David Finkel is a Pulitzer prize winner journalist and one of the big names in the Washington Post and you can see that clearly in his book about veterans who served in Iraq Finkel reports that 20 to 30 percent of veterans who served in Iraq have come home with post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic br [...]

    15. I have mixed feelings about this book On one hand, it s rather emotionally manipulative I understand that that s the point, to get the reader emotionally involved and it s an important story to tell, one that isn t often told about the prevalence of PTSD and mental health issues in soldiers but it still felt manipulative It also, by only showing soldiers with post tour mental issues, may do a disservice to those soldiers that have less traumatic tours and come back without such severe scars So a [...]

    16. I m almost at a loss in writing this because this book completely crushed me The subject matter the psychological struggles of Iraq Afghanistan soldiers after returning home makes it seem like it would be difficult to read, but the writing is so completely phenomenal that I didn t want to put it down It s such a cliche to say I wish every American would read this, but I really wish every American would read this.

    17. David Finkel s harrowing heartbreaking Good Soldiers, for which he embedded with the 2 16 Infantry Battalion in Iraq, was one of my favorite books of 2010 For his follow up, Thank You For Your Service, Finkel once again embeds with the 2 16, but this time everyone s back home or, at least, everyone who didn t get blown to bits or burned alive in the Mideast , back with their family, wives, children, loved ones and it s all just as harrowing heartbreaking These men we follow four closely although [...]

    18. In The Good Soldiers, David Finkel chronicled the individual and collective experience of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, as it deployed to Iraq as part of the 2007 surge In Thank You For Your Service, Finkel follows up with some of those same soldiers and describes in unflinching detail the devastating intrapersonal and interpersonal effects of the deployment The result is a compelling story but a profoundly unpleasant reading experience Rarely has a story with so much human sufferin [...]

    19. Powerful stuff, served raw, but laced with mercy and grace An incredibly well done and important book that I highly recommend PTSD post traumatic stress disorder and TBI traumatic brain injury are real, and an Army literally, an Army of young Americans are living today with PTSD and TBI after service often multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan Advances in sophisticated body armor, medevac, and health care permitted us to bring home unprecedented numbers of horribly damaged soldiers, but [...]

    20. This was very hard to read for many reasons It paints such a bleak picture for returning soldiers and not the reality I m familiar with, though I know it s very real for most I had to skim through some parts because it became very repetitive and I m still not 100% sure the intention of the book If just to heighten awareness of such a horrible reality then it definitely worked, but could have been done slightly differently in my opinion I wish there were much effective resources for these soldie [...]

    21. 4.5 I highly recommend reading The Good Soldiers right before reading this That s what I did and I think I appreciated this book because of it It kind of gave me closure to these particular guys stories It was very eye opening to read I mean, in the media we read short accounts and statistics of the veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but we never get to put a name to the face and really read about the struggle to get on with their lives after the horror that they had to live with fo [...]

    22. Powerful, upsetting, and important I don t cry over a lot of books these days, but Thank You For Your Service could make me weep David Finkle follows the lives of former soldiers struggling with PTSD and their families, and while it s frequently bleak, it s also real, and gives a deeper insight on what soldiers sacrifice in their service This is a sad, hard, and sometimes ugly book to read, but these stories absolutely deserve to be heard.

    23. First, read Finkel s book, The Good Soldiers, for the background it provides Then be prepared to be moved by the stories of some of the soldiers after returning home The book is well written, engaging, heart breaking, and hard to put down Although opposed to any and all wars, on principle, the book has changed the way I see soldiers.

    24. A harrowing and gorgeous book about the effects war has on the warriors and those who try to welcome them home and treat their physical, psychological, and spiritual wounds Finkel is masterful at weaving together telling lines of dialogue and text messages into a larger narrative that reveals how sick our country is from its recent and ongoing wars.

    25. Powerful, exceptionally well written book While decidedly not light subject matter, I sped through it in a 24 hour period A lot to think about.

    26. Emotionally gut wrenching what the soldiers and their wives and girlfriends have gone through after returning from the war.

    27. He writes for a while in the stink of the river until he is sure he has written something okay for his children to read and reread in a lifetime of trying to drown out the noise of what he s about to do, and then he gets the pills ready and takes a look around the spot he has chosen This is his furnace room, his parking lot next to the Dumpster, his garage behind the house of his mother, his table to stand on and then kick away He is looking west, into a setting sun that seems to be lighting the [...]

    28. Voor de leesclub van Thrillzone heb ik dit non fictie boek mogen lezen Ik lees niet vaak boeken in dit genre Toch raakte ik ge ntrigeerd door het lezen van de flaptekst Persoonlijk vind ik oorlog voeren een zeer nutteloze bezigheid van de mensheid Ik vraag mij altijd af wat het doet met de mensen die daadwerkelijk vechten in deze oorlogen Wat doet het met hun persoonlijkheid, met hun lijf, met hun geliefde en andere dierbaren Al de genoemde elementen komen naar voren in Thank you for your servic [...]

    29. This book is hands down the saddest, most heartbreaking book I have ever read I burst into tears on pg 34 The reviews I had read beforehand warned me of this, so I took it off my to read list for awhile A few weeks ago, however, one of my students a military veteran emailed me that he had a severe panic attack that morning from which he was still unwinding, so he would not be in class When I came across Finkel s book at BN, I knew it was time to read it.I genuinely believe that most people would [...]

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