C.J. Chivers is a former soldier and a war correspondent with many hours on the front lines in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The experiences he had with the men and women on the ground and in the air are chronicled here in The Fighters. The book is filled with amazing first-hand accounts of fighting the insurgency from 2001 through 2013.
Chivers follows both soldiers and airmen through their varying experiences. Some come home physically uninjured. Several return scarred and missing limbs. Some pay the ultimate sacrifice and return home to grieving friends and family. Chivers follows the soldiers lives from enlistment through their final days on the line and beyond.
The Fighters can be joyous, frustrating, gory, depressing and uplifting from page to page; just how the lives of these soldiers were lived on the front lines and after their return home. The opinions expressed and the encounters detailed all come those who lived their days fighting and patrolling in a hostile environment.
Chivers has written a book that pulls no punches. It is a very gritty, very real look at modern combat and the modern military mission. At the same time it leaves you heartbroken for those who faced some terrible situations, and very proud of these same soldiers.
Whether you have friends or family serving overseas or not, The Fighters is the type of book every American should read. Dare I say it should even be required reading? Though it may not seem like it at home here in the United States, we are fighting wars across the globe and our soldiers are dying. Here is a chance to gain a better understanding of what our soldiers are going through by reading Chivers' work.