Library: Author C.J. Chivers - The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
- Date: 10/25/2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Location: Buena Vista Branch Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, California 91506
For the majority of Americans who have not served in the Armed Forces, nor know anyone who has, journalist and former infantry officer Chivers aims to help readers get to know a few service members from the long campaigns following 9/11. In this excellent set of military portraits, Chivers tells the life stories and battle experiences of a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, a naval aviator, a helicopter pilot, a navy corpsman with the U.S. Marines, an army rifleman, and an unlikely marine infantry officer, and all are wonderfully engaging.
Sebastian Junger (author of Tribe and War) has said that The Fighters “joins the best war literature this country has ever produced,” and David Finkel (author of Thank You For Your Service and the Good Soldiers) writes “As one of America’s great war correspondents, C. J. Chivers know that the closest thing to truth in war comes from the people who are 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. Courageous in its reporting and shining in its humanity, The Fighters is a defining document of what war truly is.”
Maximilian Uriarte (creator of Terminal Lance) and Paul Szoldra (creator of Duffel Blog) will be here to interview the author for their popular podcast After Action with Max & Paul.
About the author:
C.J. Chivers is a correspondent 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. Chivers served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf War and on peacekeeping duty during the Los Angeles riots. He is the author of The Gun.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.