Automotive Holiday Deals Up to 50% Off Select Books Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Indie for the Holidays egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Luxury Beauty Gifts Under $50 Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Amazon Gift Card Offer bf15 bf15 bf15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $15 Off All-New Fire Kindle Black Friday Deals Holiday Music in CDs & Vinyl Outdoor Deals on DOTD
Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $0.88 (6%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Nothing in Reserve: true ... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Seattlegoodwill
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories. Paperback – April 19, 2011

33 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$10.85 $0.86

Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book
$14.12 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories.
  • +
  • Head Check: What it Feels Like to Ride Motorcycles
  • +
  • Leanings 3: On the Road and in the Garage with Cycle World's Peter Egan
Total price: $52.51
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more | Shop now

Editorial Reviews


"Insightful and from the heart, Nothing in Reserve is a driven and much recommended look into the mind and conflict of the next generation of war veterans."
--Midwest Book Review

"Nothing in Reserve is an intensely personal and relevant look at America in the early 21st century and one of the best books written about the Iraq War yet."
--Chris Grygiel, Associated Press

From the Back Cover

Road Work... is about as perfect a short story as any author could hope to craft--and like the rest of Jack's writing, it hits hard and leaves a mark.
Andrew Carroll,
editor of Operation Homecoming
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 60%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.

Hero Quick Promo
Holiday Deals in Kindle Books
Save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle Books. These deals are valid until November 30, 2015. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Litsam Press (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935878026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935878025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1964, Jack Lewis is a middle-aged curmudgeon of catholic writing proclivity. Jack holds a BA English cum laude from Washington State University and an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. He wears thick glasses, drinks Ardbeg, owns two motorcycles and a chainsaw, and prefers slip-on shoes.

In 2006, Jack contributed two chapters to Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front (ed. Andrew Carroll, Random House 2006), and participated in two documentary films based on that book including Richard Robbins's Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience. Those writings stemmed from his service leading a tactical psychological operations team in NW Iraq during 2004-2005.

Editorial writing earlier in Jack's career resulted in the D.B. Houston Journalism Prize, SPJ Editorial Writing honors, Best of the Palouse citation, and WSU Philosophy Club Gadfly of the Year.

Between spasms of frenzied writing activity, Jack has worked as a busboy, geriatric nursing aide, soldier, production assistant, telecommunications circuit designer, soda jerk, computer technician, hotel manager, farm hand, editor, floor clerk for the coolest hardware store in Seattle, and motorcycle service writer.

To get a bit of Jack between rounds of books and magazine contributions, you can sample his blog at

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carl Paukstis on April 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a big slice of Jack Lewis' middle-age, told in a series of vignettes in sorta more-or-less chronological order. Fortunately for the reader, he's a very interesting and articulate man, and did some interesting things. It used to be (maybe still is) common for late teenagers and early twentysomethings to try and straighten out their screwed-up life by joining the military and going off to war. I don't know whether it's ever been common for the pushing-40 demographic, but Lewis details just how good an idea that was for him.
There's very little of politics or pontification about the horror of war or the stupidity of military command, though those ideas certainly come through. The Iraq section, the middle two-thirds of the book, presents a very straightforward view of what life is like for a middle-aged senior NCO in a notionally non-combat role. Much of that life is "long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror", but Lewis manages to find wry humor and a great deal of genuine human compassion, both for the soldiers and some of the local inhabitants. His portrayal of the command personalities and of the level of understanding of the mission and purpose of American presence there is troubling, but basically as old as war.
As is his depiction of life after return. While we can clearly understand that Jack Lewis is feeling further and further detached from "the real world" while in Iraq, it soon becomes clear that being home in Washington is NOT bringing him closer. As might be expected, it's never quite clear whether the disintegration of his family life is a cause or an effect of his gradually loosening grip on reality.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon D. Allen on June 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I would delight in a dissertation on dental insurance if it were written by Jack Lewis. I could have sped through "Nothing in Reserve" in a few hours. But Lewis is my favorite type of writer, a journeyman wordsmith and a master of his craft who makes the actual act of reading enjoyable. I found myself reciting parts aloud just to roll the words around on my tongue. Like an art lover in a museum, I ambled slowly through it, savoring the clever wordplay, and, honestly, coveting a few of his phrases. His war was also my war and there are places where he describes how I feel about it better than I can. We were in different units in different parts of Iraq, but the next time someone asks me what it was like, I'm going to give him this book.

The stories themselves are just as good as the construction of them. Lewis flays himself open and bleeds all over the page. His honesty, humility, and vulnerability about the war, the crumbling of his marriage and his slow recovery from both is bracing and inspiring.

He's better than the vast majority of writers at getting the right details right. The stuff that people who weren't there will skitter over easily, but that people who were there will latch onto. A significant portion of the book is not set in Iraq, yet, like all soldiers, Lewis's military experience colors even the most civilian of events.

A person doesn't have to be a veteran to appreciate this book. And a person doesn't have to be a divorcee. He or she just has to be human.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Estelle Daphne Venable on June 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this book twice in a professional capacity and then once more just because it's so good. That never happens. After all, I do have a life. I have other things to do. But this book is so honest and funny and real and so beautifully written that I don't regret one second of the too much time I spent on it.

I'm not necessarily a fan of books about war but I am addicted to the kind of writing that makes you feed addicted, no matter what the genre or subject. After I read Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes, I became somewhat evangelical about it, pushing it on everyone I knew. I even bothered a few innocent bystanders at bus stops and cocktail parties, which turned out okay because they all thanked me later. But just as my fervor about that began to die down, I read Nothing in Reserve (did I mention I read it three times?) and I'm dong the same thing, urging everyone I know and everyone I meet to read it. You can trust me. I was not wrong about Matterhorn and I'm not wrong about Nothing in Reserve. Life is short. Don't waste your precious time reading another mediocre book or even pretty a good one until you have read this.

I hope Jack Lewis writes more books soon because I'm ready. I would probably read a romance novel if he wrote one. Well, maybe not, but I'd give it at least 50 pages. And I don't even know where they keep those in the book store.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James D. Weatherly on June 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
As others have already described, Jack Lewis has the writing skills to bring you into his world and share the highs, the lows, the pain and the successes of a varied and colorful life. What I did not expect was that Jack's story would connect with my own mid-life struggles in such a powerful way. "Nothing In Reserve" accompanied me on a spontaneous motorcycle journey across the USA. It proved to be an excellent travel companion.

I have never faced an armed enemy on the battle field, but at times my life has felt opposed by some other force. The risk of being taken out by an IED has never existed for me. The risk of being taken out of the life I want to live has become much more real as I age.

Jack Lewis tells the reader of his battles, with humility and honesty. The degree to which his battles described mine was startling. Not in the myriad details of their execution, but in the impact they have on the soul. Jack skillfully moves the magnifying lens from the conflict to the conflicted. I believe that many readers will find themselves somewhere in this book. I did.

I cannot recommend a book more highly.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories.
This item: Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories.
Price: $14.12
Ships from and sold by