Winner of the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize
From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood, a battlefield view of moral injury, the signature wound of America's 21st century wars.
Most Americans are now familiar with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its prevalence among troops. In this groundbreaking new book, David Wood examines the far more pervasive yet less understood experience of those we send to war: moral injury, the violation of our fundamental values of right and wrong that so often occurs in the impossible moral dilemmas of modern conflict. Featuring portraits of combat veterans and leading mental health researchers, along with Wood's personal observations of war and the young Americans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, WHAT HAVE WE DONE offers an unflinching look at war and those who volunteer for it: the thrill and pride of service and, too often, the scars of moral injury.
Impeccably researched and deeply personal, WHAT HAVE WE DONE is a compassionate, finely drawn study of modern war and those caught up in it. It is a call to acknowledge our newest generation of veterans by listening intently to them and absorbing their stories; and, as new wars approach, to ponder the inevitable human costs of putting American "boots on the ground."
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
David Wood, a veteran war reporter, is a staff correspondent for the Huffington Post, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on severely wounded warriors. A birthright Quaker and raised as a pacifist, Wood has spent more than thirty years covering the U.S. military and conflicts around the world, most recently in extended deployments embedded with American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
Prologue: The Baptismal Font 3
Chapter 1 It's Wrong, but You Have No Choice 7
Chapter 2 Regardless of the Cost 36
Chapter 3 The Rules: Made to Be Broken 53
Chapter 4 A Friend Was Liquefied 73
Chapter 5 Just War 100
Chapter 6 Trotting Heart, Shell Shock, Moral Injury 116
Chapter 7 Grief Is a Combat Injury 133
Chapter 8 It's Really About Killing 142
Chapter 9 Vulnerable 163
Chapter 10 Betrayed 174
Chapter 11 War Crime 184
Chapter 12 Atheists in the Foxholes 205
Chapter 13 Home 220
Chapter 14 The Touchy-Feely Tough Guys 234
Chapter 15 Listen 261
Select Bibliography 281
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