The Fighters

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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The harrowing account of US soldiers caught in America’s forever wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that The New York Times calls “relentless...a classic of war reporting,” by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Marine C.J. Chivers.

More than 2.5 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers has reported from both fronts from the beginning, walking side by side with combatants for more than a dozen years. He describes the experience of war today as it is endured by those most at risk - the camaraderie and profound sense of purpose, alongside courage, frustration, and moral confusion mixed with technical precision. In these remote places where the reason for their presence is sometimes not clear, these young men kill or are killed, facing palpable and often constant threat of ambush or hidden bombs. They repeatedly return, rushing toward danger, often to rescue the wounded in wars that escalate around them as the Pentagon changes doctrines and plans.

Weaving a history of the war through troops’ experiences, the characters in The Fighters climb into an F-14 cockpit for the opening strikes after the attacks of 9/11, hunt for Osama bin Laden along the Pakistani border, chase insurgent rocket teams with helicopters alongside American bases, face snipers in a hostile city in Anbar Province in Iraq, and engage in deadly counterguerilla warfare in the soaring mountains of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Some suffer terribly. All are changed. They return home, uncertain of their place in the world and what their wars have achieved.

Chivers accompanied combatants over many years and multiple tours, including many of the characters in this book, developing deep understanding of the experience of combat in our times. The Fighters, his tour de force, tells a history of America’s longest wars as well as the lives of the volunteers who have waged them.

©2018 C. J. Chivers (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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a very human perspective...

I am so proud to have taken part in this project. I couldn't imagine a better person to have penned my part in all of this. For the sake of posterity and all I have lost, you have given me something to hold on to. great job!

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Gripping

The book won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. This book is a bit different in that it discusses the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from the viewpoint of the privates to captains who fought the battles. Chivers said “he set out to chronicle the long arc and human experience of combat for American troops since 2001, and in a way that bridged the very large gap between official statements and what the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq really have been.”

I found the book most interesting in that it was about people not policy. The book is well written and researched. The book points out the failings of the wars. The stories of the men were often inspiring and heart rendering; be prepared for a few tears. This book should be a must-read for everyone. Chivers is a former Marine Corp infantry officer and is now a journalist.

The book is almost fourteen hours. Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating the book. Brick is a well-known narrator. In 2017 he was elected into the Narrators Hall of Fame. He has won many narrating awards.


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Chris has taken this book bring my experience in Afghanistan back to life. This book nails every aspect of the War. The explanation of surroundings, emotions, C.J. Chivers gets it 1000% correct.
As tough as it was to listen to, it brought me back into time. Drawing a picture only one that has experienced war can see. Thank you Chris, once again you have totally nailed it. Must Read!!!

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This book is on spot, as a returning Soldier from Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. The details the bases and just the way of life of a Soldier. The details are so on spot that listening to the audio book just transported me back in country.

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Close up of American soldiers in Afghanistan

Interesting but painful look at the experience of our soldiers in a seemingly endless war. Unbearably vivid at times to read how our soldiers paid for the mistakes of those in power.

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The True Cost

The true cost of War from the perspective
of the trigger pullers and their families.

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Great stories

The Author did an amazing job finding stories and service members in key places in both conflicts, and connecting some of those service members to multiple deployments and post service life - however I wish the wrap up (contained in the epilogue) were included at the natural end of each story in the book.

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Very good book

Highly recommend this book took me a few weeks to get it done but was worth it

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What has our country come to?

While listening to “The Fighters” it was so hard to understand why a country as great as ours failed to help the people of Iraq and Afghanistan then proceeded to ignore the returning veterans issues. Why would these proud people of these two countries succumb to war, chaos and such a backward way of life, believing death is more important than life-

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History Come to Life

This book brings the war in Afghanistan to life. With personal stories from each soldier it covers the turns and events of the war. I have a newfound respect for our soldiers...
I highly recommend this book to every and any American.

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  • 09-24-18

Gripping read bought alive in audio

I found this very gripping and thought provoking book was improved immensely in the audio version. So easily listened to where reading the book would have been impossible. Highly recommended.

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  • Dan
  • 08-20-18

The most compelling book about American involvement in iraq and afg

This will be remembered as the seminal book on America’s post-9/11 wars. I dislike hyperbole and am not prone to it. This will leave you sitting for minutes in utter silence after listening to it. Unflinching, honest, brutal. Tragic, heroic.