The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
By C.J. Chivers
More than 2.7 million Americans have served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Bush administration launched them in 2001 and 2003. Nearly 7,000 Americans have died in both conflicts. “The Fighters” tells the story of the two wars from the perspective of the people who have fought them. Author C.J. Chivers, a writer for The New York Times and a former Marine infantry officer, provides a unique inside look at the wars that have dominated U.S. policy in the Middle East for 17 years.
The book traces harrowing tales of the battles won and lost, and the injuries incurred in the process. It begins with the story of Lt. Layne McDowell, who was aboard the USS Enterprise in the Persian Gulf when news broke of the attack on the World Trade Center. McDowell, a veteran pilot, had flown F-14s in the Kosovo war in 1999. After a few weeks of airstrikes in Afghanistan, he believed the war might soon be over