PRAISE FOR SWIMMING WITH WARLORDS, FROM AUTHOR/JOURNALIST KEVIN SITES:
“Kevin Sites is one of our national treasures—a fearless correspondent who has devoted himself to documenting not just the facts of war, but also its deepest emotional textures. Here is a thinking, feeling eyewitness to history who knows the perverse excitement of battle, but who questions every raw experience with plangent curiosity. Read Swimming With Warlords and you will never think of Afghanistan, or America’s ragged entanglements there, in the same way again.”
Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice
“…gripping and poignant.”
PRAISE FOR IN THE HOT ZONE
“…instead of telling us what we already know, he has done something remarkable, delivering the sort of fresh and insightful human stories from that conflict that we seldom hear. Sites is actually telling us something new.”
Columbia Journalism Review
PRAISE FOR THINGS THEY CANNOT SAY
“The book largely does what good books should: whisper secrets to the world.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The Things They Cannot Say is a vivid set of portraits of modern combatants written with prose that moves with speed and heat.”
Edward Tick, Author, War and the Soul and Co-Director of A Soldier’s Heart
“This powerful book captures a grim reality many soldiers face after combat.”
“Riveting and emotionally raw … These gripping stories … are evidence of a profound desire to heal.”
Before turning to fiction, Kevin Sites was an award-winning backpack journalist, reporting from 30 different conflicts and natural disasters in the course of his career.
He’s the author of three non-fiction books on war, all published by Harper Perennial.
• In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars.
• Swimming with Warlords: A Dozen-Year Journey Across the Afghan War
• The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War
His debut novel, The Ocean Above Me will be published by Harper in summer 2023.
* Photo by Grischa Ruschendorf / rupho.com
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