The Experience Of American Combat Soldiers In Iraq
Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up a look at the realities of the war in Iraq with Washington Post writer- David Finkel. Heâ€™s written a new book called The Good Soldiers.
But first some listener comments about yesterdayâ€™s program. Yesterday we featured an interview with commentator Jim Hightower. At the end of the program we heard from Tim Curtis- a local organizer with Tampa912- who challenged what Hightower had to say- especially about single payer health insurance. Hereâ€™s what many listeners had to say.
Our guest today is David Finkel. Heâ€™s the national enterprise editor of the Washington Post. In 2006 he wan the Pulitzer Prize. His new book is called The Good Soldiers and itâ€™s an account of an American battalion which took part in the surge in Iraq in 2007.
One reviewer called it â€œheart stoppingâ€ and that it captures the surreal horror of the war.
David Finkel formerly was a reporter at the St. Petersburg Times and heâ€™ll be one of the speakers at the Times Festival of Reading on Saturday October 24th.
Editor's note: In the open phone segment following the interview with David Finkel, several listeners expressed concerns about the issue of sexual assault in the military. Here are some links: