The Things They Cannot Say
Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War
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What is it like to kill? What is it like to be under fire? How do you know what's right? What can you never forget?
In The Things They Cannot Say, award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult questions of eleven soldiers and marines, who—by sharing the truth about their wars—display a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics.
For each of these men, many of whom Sites first met while in Afghanistan and Iraq, the truth means something different. One struggles to recover from a head injury he believes has stolen his ability to love; another attempts to make amends for the killing of an innocent man; yet another finds respect for the enemy fighter who tried to kill him. Sites also shares the unsettling narrative of his own failures during war—including his complicity in a murder—and the redemptive powers of storytelling that saved him from a self-destructive downward spiral.
From Publishers Weekly
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Couldn't put it down
I read this cover to cover, and found myself crying a few times. This book is extremely insightful to those who have sworn to protect. My husband is retired Army, and has done tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He's now a defense contractor who spends 9 months out of the year living in a wooden shack in the mountains of Afghanistan. I've always wondered what he's seen, where he's been, what he's done...and now I know just a fragment. Thank you again...
The things they cannot say