The Fighters by C. J. Chivers audiobook

The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

By C. J. Chivers
Read by Scott Brick

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781451676648
13.76 Hours Unabridged
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“Unflinching, insightful, and humane. I can think of no other book that takes as its charge so ambitious a goal: to take the full measure of America’s wars in this new century. A landmark work.”—Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm’s Way 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 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 modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of World War II and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. Told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran, The Fighters presents the long arc of two wars.

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New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in US Military Veterans History

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

“Unflinching, insightful, and humane. I can think of no other book that takes as its charge so ambitious a goal: to take the full measure of America’s wars in this new century. A landmark work.”—Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm’s Way

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 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 modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of World War II and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. Told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran, The Fighters presents the long arc of two wars.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A riveting, heart-rending, and chastening account of the Americans who are waging wars that the rest of us have already chosen to forget.” Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Times bestselling author and US Army colonel (Ret.)
“Thrusts the reader straight into the sweaty, filthy, exhausted reality of war while also revealing the broad sweep and scope of our nation’s struggles. It joins the best war literature this country has ever produced.” Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author
“A classic of war reporting…There is no down time in this relentless book.” New York Times
“An artist among war correspondents fashions a vast mosaic of bravery and miscalculation from the lives of American combatants.” Wall Street Journal
“Gripping, unforgettable.” Boston Globe
“A necessary, immersive narrative.” Chicago Tribune
“May change what you think you know about the American military experience.” Christian Science Monitor
“A must-read book.” Men’s Journal
“In-depth, intense reporting…[A] fast-paced, action-heavy work of long-form war journalism.” Publishers Weekkly (starred review)
“Scott Brick’s skills as a narrator are put on display in this grunts’-eye view of combat…The listener hears unvarnished and unfiltered views of the gritty reality of war…Brick’s enunciation is perfect, as is his pacing. His expression and inflection are always appropriate for the text.” AudioFile
“Chivers knows that the closest thing to truth in war comes from the people at the far end of policy, those who have done the fighting, are fighting now, and will be fighting forever. This book is that truth, brilliantly told…A defining document of what war truly is.” David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

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Author

Author Bio: C. J. Chivers

Author Bio: C. J. Chivers

C. J. Chivers, the author of The Gun and The Fighters, is a senior writer for the New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. His magazine story “The Fighter” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. He served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf War.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English