Author David Finkel on the Long Road Home from Iraq

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In 2007, during the so-called “surge” in Iraq, David Finkel of the Washington Post embedded with the 2-16 battalion in East Baghdad. He produced a book about the realities of warfare called, The Good Soldiers. Then he embedded again—with the soldiers as veterans, along with their families. They spoke to him with a degree of candor and openness that makes his latest book Thank You For Your Service read like a novel. The book is being hailed as a masterpiece of its kind—not just by reviewers but by people who try to help those veterans of combat who are forced to struggle to get their civilian lives back together.




Warren Olney