Note to readers:
This piece was first posted last March 5th (2014). I’m bringing it back this week in honour of Remembrance Day. Sadly of course, its themes: war and its aftermath, memory and trauma, continue to mar the lives of far too many across the world.
I’ve also added some new links, which you’ll find included below.
Last month, I heard American journalist David Finkel interviewed on Q. http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2014/02/19/thank-you-for-your-service-author-on-a-soldiers-afterwar/
I was so lucky to catch the show. I’m usually at work at that time.
Finkel’s 2009 book, The Good Soldiers, was an account of his time spent embedded with a troop of young American infantry soldiers in Iraq in 2007. But on this day, he was presenting his most recent book, Thank You For Your Service, a formidable, heartbreaking and uncompromising piece of writing about the fate of many of those same infantrymen once they returned…
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