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Phil Klay, Elliot Ackerman & Ben Kesling: A Conversation

Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

On Demand (Virtual)

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Phil Klay’s Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War notes that relatively few Americans have had to do any real grappling with the endless, invisible conflicts of the post-9/11 world; in fact, increasingly few people are even aware they are still going on. But while American military actions abroad may be out of sight and out of mind, the consequences are real. Elliot Ackerman had left the military 10 years before the Taliban began to close in on Kabul in August 2021 but was pulled back into the conflict by the humanitarian catastrophe at its conclusion. The Fifth Act: America’s End in Afghanistan documents the weight of 20 years of war bearing down on the week in which it ended. And in Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath, Ben Kesling, a journalist and former Marine Corps officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, tells the story of the war in Afghanistan and its consequences, through the eyes of men who served in the 82nd Airborne Division. For some, the war hasn’t ended, even though they came home.


Thursday, November 17, 2022
5:00 pm