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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, 2014

From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after war

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel shadowed the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous surge, a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed all of them forever. Now Finkel has followed many of those same men as they’ve returned home and struggled to reintegrate - both into their family lives and into American society at large.

In the ironically named 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 possible, or even reasonable, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who are soldiers expected to 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 chilling realities of war.

©2013 David Finkel (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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  • Scott
  • Scarborough, ON, Canada
  • 01-03-14

Wrenching

Would you consider the audio edition of Thank You for Your Service to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Not every book is a pleasant read but some are important reads and this certainly fits that category. The narrative follows a handful of servicemen who served in the Iraq war and their families. Their stories are interconnected by time, place, and experiences with a tragic incident in the Iraq war as the unifier. The book illustrates both the obvious and hidden costs to those who served - loss of comrades, survivors guilt, physical injury, PTSD, an uncertain post war life, families who can't quite be what the soldiers need them to be, despite their best efforts. What is both tragic and compelling is that the reader - like the servicemen and their families - can never quite be certain what the outcome for each person would be but that is the point.

What about Arthur Bishop’s performance did you like?

Very good. Far from a dry performance, the listener feels as though he is hearing firsthand the subjects speaking to him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How a comment made to a soldier meant to be a compliment was interpreted as a criticism that eventually leads to a multitude of problems and guilt for that soldier. Tragic.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who wants to better understand what it means to return home and move on from war, this is probably as close as a non combatant will ever get to it. Thank you for your service and just as importantly, thank you for your sacrifice.

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Thankful Veteran

The narration of the book was great, it really brought the feelings across. From a veteran that has seen his share of horrors this is a great look at what our men & women are going threw on a daily basis. What we will live with for the rest of our lives, and that little piece of hope, hope that one day soon we will all be normal again.

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  • camilla
  • Spruce Head, ME, United States
  • 12-21-13

Miraculous reporting beautifully read

What did you like best about this story?

The book reveals what most of us never know about the costs of war on the soldiers who do the fighting and the families they come back to. Heartbreaking sometimes, gripping throughout.

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The reader's performance is as good as it gets. He sounds like one of the guys, not some performer, yet his delivery is clear, beautifully timed, and incredibly insightful. Let's have him read more books!

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Sad reality

As a military member with deployments, this book Tells the story of truth. tells the story of suicide in the military and how it is such a big problem. a problem we don’t want to have a problem. we don’t want to see but it is there and people do struggle. Story is not a light read. Many stories within one.

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truly a good book

I thought they were taking a chapter from my life. many of the feelings experiences we're the same as mine. it almost made me seek help, almost.

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Powerful psychological study of War Effects

A very powerful trip into the minds of our wounded warriors and their families. Important reading for all, especially for the wounded warriors themselves and their loved ones.

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Impact

This book provides incredible insight to the struggles our service members and their families encounter after their deployments to a combat zone.

I like how there were several stories following different people with different approaches to their recovery without taking away from the struggles struggles of family members.

Depending on where a person is at in their recovery process, they may want to consider postponing this book or reading it.

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Better in site!

The book gives you a better in site on what soldiers go through when they come home.

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Great Read!

The Narrator was great and The Book was Phenomenal just wish the book was longer I honestly didn't want it to end.

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A must listen

A true and dramatic story of the hardships our service members endure both on the battlefield and at home. A lesson in truths that everyone should hear. It’s simply not enough to thank our service members for what they do for the country. We need to show them how much there sacrifices matter. No service member should come home from a deployment and struggle to pay rent/mortgage and struggle for the health care they need and deserve! They give to much. Hopefully this story will serve as an eye opener for all Americans who truly wish to thank service members for there service. Audible 20 sweepstakes entry.