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The Brookings Cafeteria

Jun 3, 2016

In this podcast, award-winning author and veteran Phil Klay discusses how his experience as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq informed his short-story collection Redeployment, which won the National Book Award in 2014; and also talks about the themes he explores in the new Brookings Essay, “The citizen-soldier: Moral risk and the modern military.”

“Most people sign up with the hope of being part of an institution that is doing something good in the world,” Klay says, and that “they will be putting their shoulders to the wheel along with a lot of other people by advancing the ideals of American democracy.”

Show Notes

The citizen-soldier: Moral risk and the modern military


Landays told by Afghan women

Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq

Red badge of courage

What it is like going to war