Domesticating the Afterwar: David Finkel's Thank You for Your Service (2013)
Explores the origins and consequences of the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans, tracing and challenging the work of a highly regarded journalist who followed the experiences of a group of Iraq War soldiers in two books. Links and compares Finkel's immersive nonfiction reporting to Hemingway's fictional depictions of the "hidden wound" in "Big Two-Hearted River" and "Soldier's Home." Considers shifting scholarly views in various fields of war-related "moral inquiry," trauma, military training, the "veteran-victimhood" implied by PTSD, and the domestic experiences of individuals after their war experience. Suggests that even a highly skilled journalist's account cannot address many significant questions about hidden wounds and the contemporary state of war.