As has been the case throughout the ages, some of our most powerful writing recounts what men and women experience at war and what they bring back home. Last century gave us classics like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Naked and the Dead, Catch-22, and The Things They Carried.
Though this century is young, our conflicts have already given rise to some extraordinary writing. This year’s National Book Award Winner for Fiction, Phil Klay’s Redeployment, is one superb example.
Though it seems far too soon for there to already be a backlist for this topic, readers who want to read more about the struggles of twenty-first-century soldiers might enjoy:
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain
Black Hawk Down, by Mark Bowden
Dear Mr. President, by Gabe Hudson
Fobbit, by David Abrams
Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, by Anthony Swofford
Sand Queen, by Helen Benedict
The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers
War, by Sebastian Junger