A classic of war reporting...The authors stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not.The New York TimesPulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged Americas longest wars.More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. The Fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant.Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared.The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of mode...
|Title||:||The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Reviews
Unlike many of the books that cover our Forever Wars, this one is not about missteps in strategy, how we got here, a particular action or the reflections of a vet. All of those have value and there are several good examples of each. “The Fighters” is about the wreckage that wars leave on the inside and out of its participants.
This is the story of the common soldier and the fast-rising pilot and several men (unfortunately, no women were profiled here) in between. Chivers writes about these peop ...more
I had mixed feelings about this book. At times, to me, it was tedious and unengaging. But, when it's at its most dynamic, it really grabs you and doesn't let go. A few of the scenarios, where Chivers provides chilling details, are most memorable. A errant bomb that takes out a civilian family. An injured solider, with PTSD, meeting ex-president George W Bush, and another solider getting shot through the leg while in a helicopter. Despite my mixed feelings about the book, the epilogue nearly made ...more
A different spin on the typical book of soldiers at war like Band of Brothers. Follows Americans through multiple combat tours spanning several years and both Iraq and Afghanistan. Show the real cost that over a decade of war had on these warriors.
We still have people that are willing to give everything for us who get ignored in the political shuffle and then forgotten when they get home. This book does a really nice job of telling the stories of six of them. I feel ashamed that we have been at war for nearly two decades and I really don’t know much about what these folks have been through.
“More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since late 2001. Many went to both wars. Nearly 7,000 of them died, and ...more
The Fighters honors the soldiers who try to see through the fog of war every day: the medical corpsman who has to triage a roadside bomb and the helicopter instructor pilot who takes his students through their first missions. They may not be directly connected to ‘why’ of the missions, but they certain are there for their fellow solders. This is a much needed text. Much needed because not enough has been documented about the last 17 years of war. And Chibers gives us a near-complete look, not at ...more
I read this book to try to understand at least a small part of what life is like for the men and women fighting in today's wars. Chivers reports with a straight-forward style that allows the soldiers to have the spotlight. He doesn't need to embellish because the stories themselves are so deeply moving.
Anyone who talks about respecting the troops would do well to think about what these troops have really been through.
This is one tough read. This journalist shows the waste, poor planning, and ineptitude of self aggrandizement by the Congress and the armed forces brass in this seemingly endless war to save the lives of people who no longer believe us by verbally delving into the lives of a number of combatants in all branches of the US armed forces. If the reader is in a paramedical field or law enforcement, there will be triggers in the graphic descriptions of incidents and results. He covers the time from ea ...more
this is a must-read book for everyone who isn't/hasn't/won't serve in the military in the current spate of U.S. wars ... Chivers is one of, if not the, most preeminent war correspondent of our times (and The Times, obviously). His reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, etc. is critical for the understanding of what it means to be safe at home while these men and women are sent off to war in our name. Unlike the work of Sebastian Junger, who's "War" is among the finest pieces of conflict journa ...more