The Three Battles of Wanat: And Other True Stories
Mark Bowden (Author)
DescriptionNew York Times bestselling author Mark Bowden has had a prolific career as one of America's leading journalists and nonfiction writers. His new collection, The Three Battles of Wanat and Other True Stories, features the best of his long-form pieces on war, as well as notable profiles, sports reporting, and essays on culture. Including pieces from the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, this collection is Bowden at his best. The titular article, "The Three Battles of Wanat," tells the story of one of the bloodiest days in the War in Afghanistan and the extraordinary years-long fallout it generated within the United States military. In "The Killing Machines," Bowden examines the strategic, legal, and moral issues surrounding armed drones. And in a brilliant piece on Kim Jong-un, "The Bright Sun of Juche," he recalibrates our understanding of the world's youngest and most baffling dictator. Also included are profiles of newspaper scion Arthur Sulzberger; renowned defense attorney and anti-death-penalty activist Judy Clarke; and David Simon, the creator of "The Wire." Absorbing and provocative, The Three Battles of Wanat is an essential collection for fans of Mark Bowden's writing, and for anyone who enjoys first-rate narrative nonfiction.
Atlantic Monthly Press
January 05, 2016
5.9 X 1.6 X 9.1 inches | 1.75 pounds
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About the Author
Mark Bowden is the author of twelve books, including the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Black Hawk Down." He reported at the "Philadelphia Inquirer" for twenty years and now writes for the "Atlantic," "Vanity Fair," and other magazines. He is also the Writer in Residence at the University of Delaware. His most recent book is "The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden."
Praise for The Three Battles of Wanat "[Bowden is] one of America's pre-eminent practitioners of long-form journalism . . . Given the importance of military affairs in Bowden's oeuvre, it's no surprise to find a trove of combat-related work in this new collection . . . Beyond the military pieces, Wanat offers excellent profiles . . . The Three Battles of Wanat should please Bowden's legions of fans. He usually writes with care and empathy, eschewing fashionable snark and take-down drama."--Dallas Morning News "In Mark Bowden's four decades as a reporter, he has been honing his skills going after the second look--the return to an event or a story once the proverbial dust has settled, to 'dig deeper and write longer' in order to understand what really happened. In this process he has become a passionate advocate for long-form journalism and one of its more successful practitioners . . . The story of the three versions of the battle for Wanat is a good place to begin. Bowden is so good at what he does best--highlighting the human angle of battles large and small--that the reader is led to consider what another round of "boots on the ground" could actually mean."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune "The author of the bestselling Black Hawk Down will please fans and win new ones with this bracing collection of essays. Bowden is in his element charting the familiar and complex territory of American engagement in foreign conflicts . . . But those only familiar with Bowden's war reportage will be pleasantly surprised to discover the variety of topics he has tackled in this collection . . . With his rigorous and respectful approach to his subjects, multifaceted viewpoint, and wry sense of humor, Bowden proves that American journalism hasn't kicked the bucket yet."--Publishers Weekly "A first-rate collection from one of the finest writers in contemporary journalism."Booklist "Mark Bowden marshals his finest for The Three Battles of Wanat."--Vanity Fair "Bowden is consistently curious about the anonymous, often invisible operators who power modern warfare--drone operators, intelligence agents, special forces teams . . . Bowden tells a good story."--Salon "Deeply researched work on war, profiles of prominent, interesting people and sports personalities, and a variety of general interest essays represent fine examples of contemporary journalism, as the author himself looks to his investigative models such as Nellie Bly, Ida Tarbell, and John Hersey . . . Readers of Bowden's work are assured of honest, straightforward, painstakingly researched essays."--Kirkus Reviews