Lethal Warriors

When the New Band of Brothers Came Home

David Philipps

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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Pulitzer Prize finalist David Philipps brings to life the chilling story of how today’s American heroes are slipping through the fingers of society—with multiple tours of duty and inadequate mental-health support creating a crisis of PTSD and a large-scale failure of veterans to reintegrate into society. Following the frightening narrative of the 506th Infantry Regiment—who had rebranded themselves as the Lethal Warriors after decades as the Band of Brothers—he reveals how the painful realities of war have multiplied in recent years, with tragic outcomes for America’s soldiers, compounded by an indifferent government and a shrinking societal safety net.

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"A searing exposé that might make readers wonder how Army commanders and civilian warmongers sleep at night given the disgraceful handling of traumatized veterans who fought in Iraq."
- Kirkus

"When the war started, almost a decade ago, we were told we had to fight it in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we wouldn't have to fight it at home. But as our soldiers return from battle, it has become increasingly clear that they are bringing the trauma of war to our doorstep. In exploring the creeping effects of PTSD and its heart wrenching consequences on our veterans, and on our society at large, Philipps' book is a clarion call to both support our troops and to think twice when assessing the true costs of war." - Susan Sarandon

"David Philipps' Lethal Warriors is a must-read for every American. In compelling and heart-healing stories, he tells the story of the other war - the one at home." - Tom Brokaw"A startling and compelling human drama that exposes the raw truth: that the cause of PTSD lies not within the soldier who suffers it, but in the nature of war itself, and what we ask them to endure. David Philipps shows that 'supporting our troops' must mean far more than cheering them on in the field. This book is a must for anyone who cares about our soldiers, the lives of those they touch, and what kind of a country we aspire to be." - Richard North Patterson, bestselling author of Balance of Power and Exile

"This important and compassionate book will save lives. Ifound myself weeping with sympathy and sadness for both the murderers and their victims, and boiling with anger at the chain of neglect and ignorance, within and outside of the military, that led to murders that could have been avoided. This book needs to be read by the families of every returning combat veteran. It needs to be read by professionals in mental health institutions, the military, departments of veterans’ affairs, and all leaders who care for the safety of their communities. It needs to be read by all of us who care about those who faithfully served those communities in war and returned forever changed." - Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn


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About the Author

David Philipps

David Philipps is a features writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette whose articles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Seattle Times, among others. His coverage of the violence at Fort Carson won him the Livingston Prize for National Reporting and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This book was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Lethal Warriors
When the New Band of Brothers Came Home
David Philipps

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
April 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780230120693
ISBN10: 0230120695
5 3/4 x 8 15/16 inches, 288 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
$17.00

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
November 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780230112261
ISBN10: 0230112269
5 6/8 x 8 15/16 inches, 288 pages, 8 pp b&w photo section
$9.99
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