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Most Americans are now familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its prevalence among troops. In this groundbreaking new audiobook, David Wood examines the far more pervasive yet less understood experience of those we send to war: moral injury, the violation of our fundamental values of right and wrong that so often occurs in the impossible moral dilemmas of modern conflict. Featuring portraits of combat veterans and leading mental health researchers, along with Wood's personal observations of war and the young Americans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, What Have We Done offers an unflinching look at war and those who volunteer for it: the thrill and pride of service and, too often, the scars of moral injury.
Impeccably researched and deeply personal, What Have We Done is a compassionate, finely drawn study of modern war and those caught up in it. It is a call to acknowledge our newest generation of veterans by listening intently to them and absorbing their stories and, as new wars approach, to ponder the inevitable human costs of putting American boots on the ground.
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By Mikey Mike on 08-01-17
Excellent introduction to the concepts
I typically do not enjoy books by journalists because they are regurgitating other people's thoughts. However these are thoughts that need to be regurgitated.
A must read for all Americans concerned with government violence
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By Sam on 03-29-17
Great if you're religious.
What disappointed you about What Have We Done?
Only talked about how god can help you with any problems. No real solutions to people who have experienced combat and looking for coping mechanisms or solutions, just pray it away. David Wood should be ashamed to propagate religion as the answers to problems of PTSD and morality.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Narrator was fine just no depth in topic.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger. I was looking for a good recollection on how to deal with issues instead I was sold religion.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful