David Finkel

David Finkel is an American journalist and author known for his work as a staff writer at The Washington Post and for his non-fiction books. He has received numerous journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Finkel is particularly recognized for his book 'The Good Soldiers,' which chronicles the experiences of a U.S. infantry battalion during the Iraq War, and 'Thank You for Your Service,' which focuses on the challenges faced by American soldiers and their families in the aftermath of war.


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  1. 1. The Good Soldiers

    "The Good Soldiers" is a non-fiction book that follows the experiences of American soldiers during the Iraq War. The book focuses on the soldiers of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion and their deployment to Baghdad in 2007. Through the eyes of these soldiers, the author, David Finkel, provides a vivid and visceral account of the brutality and chaos of the war. The book explores the soldiers' experiences of combat, loss, and trauma, as well as the impact of the war on their families and loved ones back home. Overall, "The Good Soldiers" is a powerful and moving tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of American soldiers in Iraq.

    The 7922nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Thank You For Your Service

    This book delves into the profound and often harrowing experiences of American soldiers returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, struggling to reintegrate into civilian life while coping with the psychological and physical scars of war. Through meticulous reporting, it uncovers the personal battles these veterans face, from dealing with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and the strain on their families, to navigating the complexities of the military's mental health services and the broader societal implications of their service. The narrative provides a compassionate, unflinching look at the cost of war on individual lives, highlighting the courage and resilience of these soldiers as they attempt to find a semblance of normalcy after the battlefield.

    The 10944th Greatest Book of All Time