This weekend President Obama appeared on CNN and was asked for a book recommendation. His pick? Redeployment, the National Book Award-winning collection of stories about Iraq by US Marine Corps vet Phil Klay. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for extracting this quote:
“Over vacation, I read a book of short stories by Phil Klay called Redeployment. It’s a quick but powerful and, for me, painful set of stories about the experience of ordinary soldiers in Iraq. And I think it’s a reminder, particularly important for a commander in chief, that the antiseptic plans and decisions and strategies and opining of pundits that take place in Washington is very different from war and conflict as it’s experienced by people on the ground. And part of the reason that I am deliberate about decision making when it comes to foreign policy and part of the reason that I do think it’s important to aim before you shoot is because I’ve met enough young men in Walter Reed [Army Medical Center] and talked to enough families who have lost loved ones to remember that there’re costs to the decisions that we make. Sometimes we have to make them, but they’re real and they’re serious. We can’t play political games and we can’t engage in bluster or reaction or try to beat our chests when we make these decisions. If we’re going to deploy folks to war, it better be for a darn good reason, and we better have a very clear objective that is worthy of the sacrifices that these folks make.”
We’re honored (and very excited) to welcome Phil Klay to BookPeople on Friday, March 13 at 7pm when he’s on tour for the paperback edition of Redeployment. Books and tickets for the signing are now available to pre-order. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public.
Our New & Noteworthy Book Club will meet to discuss Redeployment on Thursday, March 26 at 7pm. The meeting is free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend.