The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

?A classic of war reporting...The author?s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not.??The New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers? unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America?s longest wars. More than 2.7 million Americans have se ?A classic of war reporting...The author?s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and de...

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Title:The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
Author:C.J. Chivers
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1451676646
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Reviews

  • Julia Wilson
    Sep 14, 2018
    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...
  • Ned Frederick
    Sep 15, 2018
    Harrowing. Heart-breaking. Honest. Hard to read at times but, given the sacrifices made, I felt it was the least I could do to give all my attention to these grunts-eye-view accounts of unit-level war fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This isn?t a political book, but the ...
  • Chris
    Aug 31, 2018
    Chivers focuses his narrative on the lives of fighters ( I?m so glad he didn?t use the word warrior)he met while reporting on the Middle East for the past two decades. We slip into and out of their lives during this endless period of war. His introduction is as elegant a denunciati...
  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Aug 02, 2018
    For more reviews and bookish thoughts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com The Fighters by C.J. Chivers is a non-fiction book offering unnerving accounts of soldiers on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Chivers is a Pulitzer Prize?winning New York Times journalist and fo...
  • Ryan Lackey
    Aug 29, 2018
    Some good stories about Iraq/Afghanistan veterans -- both their time deployed and (often) injuries, recovery, or death. My chief thoughts while reading this were "I hope L. Paul Bremer (of CPA) rots in hell for eternity", but that's a thought I often have (he was responsible for some o...
  • Scott Resnik
    Sep 11, 2018
    This is a powerful exploration of the experiences and sacrifices of the men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The vignettes are well crafted and absorbing. They contrast the personal valor and sacrifice of individual soldiers/sailors/marines against the futility of the wars...
  • Paul
    Jul 01, 2018
    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 missi...
  • Louis
    Sep 19, 2018
    If you are an American then I think you should read this book. The author does a marvelous job of describing these men, their lives, motivations and experiences. I had to take a day away because of the reality of what of what I was reading. This is not a rah-rah book but a mini-biograp...
  • Anne Simpson
    Sep 21, 2018
    I did some skimming. Well written and moving. I?m very glad I picked it up and spent some time, though it makes me sad that the US continues to get into and stay in senseless, unwinnable wars at the behest of military leaders who either don?t have a clue what?s going on on the gr...
  • Dave
    Oct 15, 2018
    A modern military history masterpiece! Here is my review in the Providence Journal: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3... ...
  • Dan Downing
    Sep 03, 2018
    Rarely do I read the blurbs from other authors on the back jacket of a book. I skip them because they more often reveal how little of the book the reviewer read than they give insight into the worth of the book. I bought Chivers book because I know him as a potent and informed writer ...
  • Susan
    Oct 13, 2018
    I have read numerous books detailing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were informative and well done. This book is unique in that it follows these wars through the eyes of six combatants. Each story is unique and like the wars themselves, do not always have a happy ending. After r...
  • Jan
    Jul 09, 2018
    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 ...
  • Donna Davis
    Aug 23, 2018
    Chivers is a senior editor at The New York Times, and has won the Pulitzer for journalism. This meaty but readable book is the culmination of his years covering the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not the creation of a man parked in a library behind his laptop; he has personal...
  • Rob Lewis
    Sep 15, 2018
    Excellent 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 d...
  • Steven Z.
    Sep 18, 2018
    Recently, C. J. Chivers appeared on Book TV/C-SPAN and describes how he went about writing his new book, THE FIGHTERS: AMERICANS IN COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. After 9/11 the US military mission was to root out and defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Chivers, a New York...
  • Paula
    Oct 04, 2018
    This is a great book, I think CJ Chivers does a great job of really understanding what goes through soldiers' minds during combat and during deployment in general. I enjoyed the book and it helped me to better understand some of the details of serving that might be lost on those of us ...
  • Jean
    Sep 21, 2018
    The book won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. This book is a bit different in that it discusses the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from the viewpoint of the privates to captains who fought the battles. Chivers said ?he set out to chronicle the long arc and human experience of combat for Americ...
  • Lea
    Sep 29, 2018
    This account of on the ground fighters in the US military in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq deeply impressed me. It was factual, at times a bit dry, but still very readable and surprisingly objective. And then at times it's like a hit in the gut. There were moments where I had to put...
  • Jen
    Sep 18, 2018
    The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Iraq and Afghanistan was a well written time lapse of the 2 wars and the soldiers that are on the ground. Each chapter featured a soldier and the day to day life of that soldier. Eye opening and stressful, it just left me thinking,?Why?? Also, I...
  • Walter Mack
    Oct 01, 2018
    Tell it like It Is As I read these true to life narratives of the current combat American veteran, I could not help but conclude how similarly I felt upon my return from Vietnam as did so many of my colleagues then and to this day. Why don't we delegate to combat veterans the next d...
  • Ruby
    Sep 08, 2018
    "This book is about men and women who served in American combat service in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that followed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It covers these combatants with a simple organizing idea: that they are human. It details personal experiences: what th...
  • Dave
    Sep 27, 2018
    First, I highly recommend this book (five stars plus). Prior to reading 'The Fighters', I was not familiar with author C.J. Chivers. He's now on my short list of top-flight journalists/war correspondents (includes people such as Sebastian Junger and Peter Bergen). For one thing, Chiver...
  • Devin Croft
    Oct 01, 2018
    After listening to his interviews on PBS Newshour and NPR I was very interested in this book and was not disappointed, probably because my wife and I are the parents of three veterans, including one son with two combat tours in Iraq. Chivers is well qualified to write this story from h...
  • Nick Penzenstadler
    Oct 17, 2018
    Riveting action from Iraq and Afghanistan from the grunt, corpsman and pilot perspective. Most of these guys are my age and sacrificed their young years for our country. Chivers puts a fine point on the raw perspective from the ground, despite the PR machine back home. His reporting is...
  • Grouchy Historian
    Jun 09, 2018
    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. ...
  • Russel Henderson
    Sep 10, 2018
    Exceptional writing, some of the most moving and insightful about the recent conflicts. He puts readers into the minds of grunts, operators, helicopter pilots and fighter/bomber pilots. He paints a vivid picture of combat, of loss, of the fog of war, and of the impact it has on the par...
  • Alex Abboud
    Oct 01, 2018
    This book does a remarkable job of covering the experience of soldiers on the ground in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. It?s written in a compelling, comprehensive manner, and gives the reader insight into why soldiers sign up and fight, and what they struggle with. I appreciated the ...
  • Chaz
    Sep 03, 2018
    Really excellent writing on a very tough to read topic. But the care given to this subject was excellent. Whether you are for, against, or indifferent to our forever wars, this is a must-read, and one you will not regret. ...
  • Brent
    Sep 17, 2018
    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 l...