Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and Ptsd


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Mariner Books
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

JASON KANDER is a former army captain who served in Afghanistan. He was elected to the Missouri state legislature in 2008 and as Missouri secretary of state in 2012. He is the president of the Veterans Community Project, a national nonprofit organization, and host of Majority 54, a popular political podcast. He lives in Kansas City with his family.


"In Invisible Storm, author, soldier, activist, and political leader Jason Kander generously details his quest to manage and support his mental health as a road map for those who may be wary of the journey. With spare and unflinching narrative and unexpectedly humorous insights, he rejects the culture of shame and denial, boldly detailing how he often used his political career and ambitions to avoid confronting personal struggles. More importantly, he invites the reader inside his reckoning and the critical work of the aftermath. As we grapple with the toll of pandemic, unrest, and disruption, now is the time for a national referendum on how we elevate the importance of mental health, and the cause has no finer ambassador than the dynamic Jason Kander and his latest book." -- Stacey Abrams, politician and author of Lead from the Outside

"If you think war is rough, try politics! Jason Kander has written a deft, wonderful book about trying to serve our country in combat and in government. The war didn't break him, but politics almost did. Woven through this extraordinary narrative is an important and enormously helpful account of his struggle with PTSD. I read Invisible Storm in one sitting and will be thinking about it for a long time to come." -- Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging and War

"Invisible Storm is a truly special book. This combination of honesty, thoughtfulness, urgency, and vulnerability is not common in leaders, and Jason demonstrates boundless occupancy of all of these traits. You will learn, you will laugh, you will cry, you will think, and you will act. I'm thankful for everything that this book will do to make our society better." -- Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore

"Invisible Storm is refreshingly raw. It's almost haunting and yet so full of hope. I absolutely loved the choice to include Jason's wife Diana's first-person perspective throughout. In telling their story, the Kanders are telling the story of countless military families, but really, this is a book for anyone who has struggled with mental health or simply loved someone who has." -- Rachel Vindman, cohost of the podcast The Suburban Women Problem

"Jason going public with his diagnosis saved my life. I was suicidal and my life was crumbling. But after Jason came forward about his struggles with PTSD, I knew I could deal with my struggles too. Jason has truly shared his heart, soul, and courageous spirit with each of us in Invisible Storm. It's an honest and heartfelt book. I can't wait to see how many lives it improves. Because it will." -- TSgt (Ret.) Chuck Fox, US Air Force

"Kander displays a level of vulnerability not often seen in political memoirs, offering a bracing portrait of untreated PTSD and an insightful psychological profile of political ambition. Readers will appreciate the candor of this harrowing tale." -- Publishers Weekly

Kander's advice is urgent and relevant: 'Either you deal with your trauma, or your trauma deals with you.' ... A heartfelt message borne of pain and true sacrifice. -- Kirkus Reviews

"Essential reading for those interested in the veteran experience as well as fans of political memoirs." -- Booklist (starred review)