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Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home Hardcover – November 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230104401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230104402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Lethal Warriors

"When the war started, almost a decade ago, we were told we had to fight it in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we wouldn't have to fight it at home. But as our soldiers return from battle, it has become increasingly clear that they are bringing the trauma of war to our doorstep. In exploring the creeping effects of PTSD and its heart wrenching consequences on our veterans, and on our society at large, Philipps' book is a clarion call to both support our troops and to think twice when assessing the true costs of war."-- Susan Sarandon 

"David Philipps' Lethal Warriors is a must-read for every American. In compelling and heart-healing stories, he tells the story of the other war--the one at home."--Tom Brokaw
 
"A startling and compelling human drama that exposes the raw truth: that the cause of PTSD lies not within the soldier who suffers it, but in the nature of war itself, and what we ask them to endure. David Philipps shows that 'supporting our troops' must mean far more than cheering them on in the field. This book is a must for anyone who cares about our soldiers, the lives of those they touch, and what kind of a country we aspire to be." --Richard North Patterson, bestselling author of Balance of Power and Exile

"This important and compassionate book will save lives. I found myself weeping with sympathy and sadness for both the murderers and their victims, and boiling with anger at the chain of neglect and ignorance, within and outside of the military, that led to murders that could have been avoided. This book needs to be read by the families of every returning combat veteran. It needs to be read by professionals in mental health institutions, the military, departments of veterans’ affairs, and all leaders who care for the safety of their communities. It needs to be read by all of us who care about those who faithfully served those communities in war and returned forever changed." -- Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn

"Even for the survivors of close combat, the emotional impact can be devastating. David Philipps' heartbreaking book is a detailed and tragic record of this impact, and the Army's and society's struggles to deal with the consequences. Every American should read this book -- it is that significant for our Army, and for our country. " -- General Wesley K. Clark (ret.)

“In Lethal Warriors, Dave Philipps unravels one of the most horrifying stories of the Iraq War, the dark saga of the 4th Brigade of the 4th Infantry...Philipps’ book has the promise that it may bring to life the devastating impact of the damage wrought by the Iraq War--violence that is even more disturbing because it takes place on the home front.” -- Statement from the jury of the Anthony J. Lukas Awards

Praise for Dave Phillipps and “Casualties of War,” published in July 2009 in the Colorado Springs Gazette:

“Staggering, gruesome and heartbreaking.” -- On the Media, National Public Radio

“Jaw-dropping.” -- Kyra Phillips, CNN

“Thoughtful, carefully researched, and beautifully written… It’s the kind of story that wins Pulitzer Prizes, that illuminates and informs, and that delights all of us who work for and/or love newspapers.” -- Colorado Business Journal
 
"A fascinating and long overdue account of the consequences of the Iraq war on the soldiers who fought it, their families and the wider community."--Tim Pritchard, author of Ambush Alley
 
“A searing exposé that might make readers wonder how Army commanders and civilian warmongers sleep at night given the disgraceful handling of traumatized veterans who fought in Iraq.”
--Kirkus

 
 

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Praise for Dave Philipps and “Casualties of War” series, published in July 2009 in the Colorado Springs Gazette:

“Staggering, gruesome and heartbreaking.”—On the Media, National Public Radio

“Jaw-dropping.”—Kyra Phillips, CNN

“Thoughtful, carefully researched, and beautifully written... It’s the kind of story that wins Pulitzer Prizes, that illuminates and informs, and that delights all of us who work for and/or love newspapers.”Colorado Business Journal


More About the Author

David Philipps is an award winning journalist whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Seattle Times, among others. For his coverage of the violence at Fort Carson in the Colorado Springs Gazette he won the Livingston Prize for National Reporting and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book, Lethal Warriors, was a finalist for the Anthony J. Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. Philipps has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC and ABC. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his family.

Customer Reviews

A very well researched, well written book.
Sudi A
What I really appreciate about the book is that it really tells the backstory of what happened in Iraq to lead to the shootings in Colorado.
Sytexas
I always have had great respect for our war veterans but this book makes me appreciate them even more.
Josh

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cody Edmondson on February 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was in all of the companies in 2-12 during our tour. Unfortunately, the book is correct but portrays a small fraction of the soldiers in the battalion. I have challenged Mr. Phillips to do another book on how we did win over there, but it will not make as much money as a the "shocking" reality of goodwill and service to humanity. Yes, we eliminated more than a few combatants, but we also forwarded progress of our commanders goals as an end result. Our efforts were not in vain, because if they were, I couldnt live with knowing seven of my brothers died for no reason. We were a success over there, the Army just failed us when we got home. I know that things have changed for our troops now as they come home, but more must step up to get the help they need. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, asking for help. Dont give up.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kcrandall on January 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a former colleague of Dave Philipps at the Colorado Springs Gazette and a resident of the city during the time of the bulk of the murders and violence described in his book, I am very impressed by his investigative work. He takes what was speculation -- that PTSD was deeply affecting soldiers on the home front -- and does a thorough analysis of Fort Carson's and the Army's response, or lack thereof. I read this book in 2 days -- I could not put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sudi A on June 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have decided I need to start this review by saying upfront that I have never supported the involvement of Americans and Canadian military in the war in Iraq. I am proudly Canadian, and while I do not support the war, I do support our men and women who have taken part in the war. I believe these people join the military to support their country and that is why I support them. And I feel the same about the American military personnel. That being said, I will also say that I was in two minds about reading and reviewing this book. I didn't particularly want to read about the war in Iraq, but I did want to see what the author had to say about PTSD.

My papa was a boy in Finland in World War II. He and his family hid in the hills when the German army came through, and then again a few long years later, when the Russians came through chasing the remaining Germans back. He only spoke of it infrequently and usually only after something had caused him to be reminded of that time, some sound, some sight or some smell that would cause him to think back. I still get tears in my eyes thinking about the things he saw as a young boy, things he could do nothing about. Even writing this short amount brings to mind the look he would have on his face. That is actually why I decided to read this book, his look. I know that he suffered mental trauma because of what he went through, and I know that to deal with it, he drank. I believe that he suffered from PTSD and that is why i decided to read this.

David Philipps takes us on a journey through the lives of several young men who volunteered to serve their country and served in the American Army.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By daniel muller on June 13, 2012
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As a United States Marine (honorably discharged in 2008), I could not put this book down. I know so many Marines that have PTSD, and this book answred lots of questions. I can only hope our government takes notice of all the problems associated with this terrible invisible disease.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NoCo on January 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having worked for 20 + years for a company dealing solely with military customers (and management heavily-populated with ex-military officers), this well-written book does not surprise me. The top brass in the military and political power circles (such as C Springs mayor Lionel Rivera, portrayed in the book) have a strong cultural tendency to whitewash the bad and pretend everything is all right -- Mission Accomplished! The culture is corrupt, and the book rightly gives General Graham high marks for getting this issue front and center, doing an end run on the military culture with PTSD. OK, maybe many of those coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan did not end up with PSTD, but these particular soldiers were on the worst of the worst of frontline assignments, and Phillips does a good job of documenting and describing what life was like for them and how the culture-driven infrastructure gave them absolutely no support when they came back. I am not a big fan of the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph; no one will mistake it for being an example of good written journalism, but the writer, Phillips, who is a reporter for them, clearly did his homework, and has written a book that explains in great detail to the non-military among us what the downstream costs of using war as our primary tool of diplomacy will end up doing to many of our young men and women. This is truly a must-read book, and although it can be depressing and saddening (how war is really conducted), I couldn't put it down. Kudos, Mr. Phillips!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bohdan Sirant on May 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a poignant and tragic cautionary tale about what happens when a a small group of young infantry soldiers are:

not properly screened (e.g., for psychopathic traits);
not sufficiently indoctrinated in true warrior values and honor code;
not trained for a prolonged counter-insurgency warfare;
not educated to have basic cultural competency needed to operate effectively in foreign theatre;
not taught mental resilience techniques;
not taught to recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, or other psychic injuries, or organic brain damage due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) or substance abuse, either in themselves or in their buddies;
not taught proper mental health first aid;
not properly supervised, counseled, or disciplined;
not properly diagnosed;
not properly psychiatrically treated (but often overmedicated with cocktails of psychotropic, sleep-inducing and pain-killing drugs);
not instructed about suicidality and other serious potential side-effects, or dangerous and unpredictable interactions of these prescribed drugs with alcohol or street drugs;
not encouraged to overcome stigmas to get professional help;
not properly decompressed after missions;
not properly "retrained" or "reconditioned" to civilian life or civilian employment;
not properly reintegrated into post-deployment life back home;
--or due to ignorance or expediency, dismissed as "bad apples," and not given the proper medical care and social support they deserve.
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