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The Fighters Hardcover – August 14, 2018
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"A masterpiece."—Providence Journal
“Remarkable. . . . a memorial in pages.”—The Washington Post
“Gripping, unforgettable.”—The Boston Globe
“A masterful work of atmospheric reporting, and it’s a book that will have every reader asking – with varying degrees of urgency or anger or despair – the final question Chivers himself asks: ‘How many lives had these wars wrecked?’”—Christian Science Monitor
“C.J. Chivers, an artist among war correspondents, fashions a vast mosaic of bravery and miscalculation from the lives of American combatants in Iraq and Afghanistan.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[Chivers] draws on the grit, sweat, and raw emotion of war to tell a story as few can, with a reality so unflinchingly rich and powerful that it can be overwhelming for the uninitiated reader....The Fighters cements his reputation as the foremost combat journalist of his generation.”—Modern War Institute at West Point
“A bitter dose of truth about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. . . . The Fighters is about as accurate a depiction of combat in the Sandbox as we are going to see in our lifetimes.”—Field & Stream
“A chilling account of failed American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq through the searing experiences of six fighters.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A Must-Read Book…The Fighters will stand as an essential record of Americans in combat in the years following September 11.”—Men's Journal
“The narrative he weaves is not only compelling but may change what you think you know about the American military experience in these two countries.”—Christian Science Monitor
“Gripping and thought-provoking.”—USA Today
“The Fighters spares no one. . . . These are not easy hero stories with smooth edges, but in their lack of cohesion and conclusion down in the gray areas where they dwell, they shine back at us, forcing us to look at what we’ve done as a nation, forcing us to look at ourselves.”—Popular Mechanics
“A necessary, immersive narrative of what it’s like for a soldier in Afghanistan and Iraq, fighting without a clear end.”—Chicago Tribune
“Evocative . . . This fast-paced, action-heavy work of long-form war journalism has bestseller written all over it.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Wonderfully engaging. Readers will empathize with the trials each faced in combat and beyond in a book that will enlighten all who read it, no matter their feelings about the wars.”—Booklist, starred review
“The Fighters is a rare book that thrusts the reader straight into the sweaty, filthy, exhausted reality of war while also revealing the broad sweep and scope of our nation’s struggles. It joins the best war literature this country has ever produced.”—Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author of Tribe and War
“Courageous in its reporting and shining in its humanity, The Fighters is a defining document of what war truly is.”—David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thank You For Your Service and The Good Soldiers
“A riveting, heart-rending, and chastening account of the Americans who are waging wars that the rest of us have already chosen to forget. It is a gift to the nation, both deeply moving and profound in its implications.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Times bestselling author of America's War for the Greater Middle East
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451676646
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451676648
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.1 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; First Edition (August 14, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is so good , so visceral that I could only read it in small alliquots , as it is extremely triggering . Despite this or because of it , I highly recommend it to folks interested in what happens in Combat , especially the friends and family members who may not understand why Daddy flinches when a car backfires or why he constantly has his head on a swivel.
He takes you into an F-18 and the pilot’s brain Housing group , where there are life long consequences to dropping ordinance.
On a different Story he takes you along to the Brotherhood of FMF Corpsmen who love their Marines so much that they willingly RUN into firefights whilst their Grunt Marines lay prone supressing.
He takes you into a mature Platoon Commander tour , where within days the Red Legs accidentally waste an entire compound of Women and Children in Afghanistan. The reality is that after the action , FMF Docs and Marine Grunts sort through body parts to prepare the bodies for burial.
The author is unapologetic when describing the disconnect from Senior Officers who have no clue what their own Young MEN are doing. Like the 0-6 who would NOT step out until he had Two Apache’s to protect his cowardly self.
The author has a gift and I a.m so blessed to discover this work.
It is obvious a lot of research went into this assembly as well as lot of compassion for those being depicted. It is easy to invest your own concerns and care and then feel some of the impacts a bit deeper.
While the author captures some of the doubts that have surrounded these "forever wars", it is not a political effort. Instead it focuses on how the fog of what the U.S. is trying to accomplish is managed by those most affected by the battles that define these conflicts.
It's a solid, respectful effort. I learned a lot and valued the time I invested.
Top reviews from other countries
For those who have served in Baghdad, Basra, Al Anbar or Helmand, especially those who have worked with the USMC and US Army, this is a 'must read' book. Lest we forget those who didn't return from a foreign field, or those who returned with physical and psychological wounds they will carry for the remainder of their lives.
Semper Fi Chris