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Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

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In “Redeployment,” a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people “who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died.” In “After Action Report,” a lance corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn’t commit in order that his best friend be unburdened. A mortuary affairs marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious colonel. And in the darkly comic “Money as a Weapons System,” a young Foreign Service officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship, and violence that make up a soldier’s daily life at war and the isolation, remorse, and sense of displacement that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

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“Tales of War and Redemption” –The American Scholar
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February 10th, 2017

“Citizen-Soldier: Moral Risk and the Modern Military” – The Brookings Institution
May 24th, 2016

“Don’t Confuse Veterans and Violence”–The New York Times
July 19, 2016

“What Defines a Modern Warrior?” – The New York Times
December 9th, 2015

“Over The Edge: The State of BASE Jumping”–Men’s Journal
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May 23rd, 2014

“After War, A Failure of the Imagination” – The New York Times
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Mar 19th, 2013

“How We Mourned, Why We Fought” – New York Daily News
Sept 11th, 2011

“Death and Memory” – New York Times
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