“The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq”: A Presentation by New York Times Correspondent C. J. Chivers
From serving as a Marine infantry officer in the Persian Gulf War to covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, C. J. Chivers – a New York Times correspondent and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner – has been on the frontlines witnessing the impact of modern combat on the American soldier. In 2009, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. And in 2017, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his New York Times Magazine story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who was jailed after returning from the Afghan war; Chivers’ work helped gain the veteran’s release from prison.
As author of The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq(2018), Chivers follows the long human arc of the two wars by tracing the lives of six American service members over 17 years. The result is an unvarnished account of modern combat, and its legacies and effects. In a narrative that gathers momentum and intensity with the passage of years, The Fighters captures its characters’ courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as they serve through the conflicts’ escalating phases. Prior to his career at the New York Times, Chivers worked as a reporter at the Providence Journal. He currently lives in Rhode Island.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Roger Williams University
University Library, Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
Book signing to follow immediately
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