Thank You for Your Service (英语)
“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)
“Finkel has made art out of a defining moment in history.” ―Doug Stanton, The New York Times Book Review on The Good Soldiers
“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 on The Good Soldiers
David Finkel is the author of The Good Soldiers, the bestselling, critically acclaimed account of the U.S. "surge" during the Iraq war and a New York Times Best Book of the Year.
An editor and writer for The Washington Post, Finkel has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and across the United States, and has covered wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Among Finkel's honors are a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 2012. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
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So, I say with deep sincerity, thank you for your service. You are in my prayers. You and your family. Most sincerely, mc
Finkel, who also wrote "The Good Soldiers" where he embedded with the 2-16 Infantry Battalion after the "surge" follows several of these same soldiers post their tours as they try to return to some semblance of a "new normal". This is an incredibly intense read that examines the mental toll and trauma (in addition to any physical suffering) that these soldiers face upon return, the impact it has on their families and loved ones and the all too often suicides that occur.
It is hard to read many of these stories and not feel frustration and foreboding --- frustration for the stigma that has existed around mental trauma among the military and soldiers and proper care that many of those still fail to receive and foreboding because most of these stories don't end all that positively. In fact, even in the best of circumstances, the long term struggles these soldiers face and the fact that the normal they knew before going over to Iraq will never quite be the same.
Whether you supported the war in Iraq or not, the individuals who volunteered to risk their lives for their country deserve their stories to be heard and understood and to get the resources and support of our country to treat the mental and physical trauma they suffer as a result of their sacrifices. This is an extremely powerful and important book and will no doubt remain on the definitive canon of books on the Iraq War.