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David Finkel Presents at the 2014 Media Colloquy

In the video below, David Finkel tells several compelling and intimate stories from his most recent book Thank You for Your Service, about soldiers who are trying to adjust to life back home after having been exposed to some of the horrors of war. 

David Finkel is an investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post. He is the author of The Good Soldiers, a chronicle of the 15-month deployment of the Second Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment to Baghdad in the Iraq War, and Thank You For Your Service, which follows some members of the same regiment, as well as family members and caretakers, as they navigate home life in the midst of grievous psychological wounds. The New York Times called The Good Soldiers “a post-heroic ‘Iliad’ for the Iraq war” and Thank You For Your Service “an equally cogent ‘Odyssey.’” Finkel’s honors include a Robert F. Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism, a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, a J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and a shortlist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. He is a winner of the 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Coverage by the Media.

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