Those for Whom the War Never Ends
By (author) Mike Sager
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Wounded Warriors by Mike Sager
Book DescriptionLt. Col. Tim Maxwell prided himself on being a hard-core Marine--a patriotic Devil Dog on his third tour of Iraq. Then his brain was shredded with mortar shrapnel. Today, Maxwell has a large angry scar on the left side of his head. He forgets words, his wife has to read to him, and he drags one foot when he walks. Yet he works twelve-hour days as commander of the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For these warriors, Iraq and Afghanistan will never quite be in the past. And the struggle never ends. Other stories in Wounded Warriors depict life inside an L.A. crack gang, ex-pat Vietnam War veterans in Thailand, and five days in Las Vegas with basketball anti-hero Kobe Bryant--all of it captured stylishly by the writer who has been called "the beat poet of American journalism."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306817359
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mike Sager
Stoned Again, Paperback / softback (April 2015)
From the brutal life inside a crack gang in Los Angeles, to the Sonoran desert where Carlos Castaneda made his earliest shamanic discoveries, Stoned Again: The High Times and Strange Life of a Drugs Correspondenttakes you to places you don't want to go on your own. But with Sager as your guide, you can't wait to get to the next destination."
Tattoos & Tequila, Paperback (August 2013)
An explosive biography of one of America's most notorious bands - Motley Crue.
Next Wave, Paperback / softback (November 2012)
Next Waveis fascinating and beautiful reading for enthusiasts and students of vibrant, you-are-there, literary non-fiction. Each chapter includes a photo, a bio, a personal essay, and an outstanding magazine or newspaper story from a different up-and-coming writer."
Someone You're Not--University Edition, Paperback / softback (September 2012)» View all books by Mike Sager
Bestselling author Mike Sager's fourth collection showcases his deftly-written journalism at its best and most mature, a riveting marriage of crime reportage and you-are-there literary anthropology.
US Kirkus Review » Esquire writer at large Sager (Deviant Behavior, 2008, etc.) collects some of his bleakest investigative pieces in a downbeat but engrossing volume.The author chronicles the marginalized, forgotten and despised in cool, transparent prose that eschews judgment and melodrama. Horribly wounded young veterans of the Iraq War stagnate in a stateside dormitory, bodies damaged beyond repair, their futures uncertain - yearning, incredibly, to get back to the fight, wistfully watching videos of suicide bombings and firefights on YouTube. Young Puerto Rican boys living in abject poverty devote themselves to fighting pit bulls to the death in a Philadelphia slum. American expats drift through Thailand in a haze of lassitude and cheap sex. A spoiled middle-class kid succumbs to heroin in New York while once-proud gangbangers in Venice, Calif., forgo blood vendettas in favor of staying high on crack. The news is bad even when Sager profiles a group of people with extremely high IQs, finding most of them to be alienated, frustrated and lonely. Ironically, he shows the morbidly obese making a better go of things, dealing with a world scaled for smaller beings with mordant humor and admirable resourcefulness. A few stories fail to maintain interest. A snapshot of Al Sharpton causing trouble at Liberty Island is vivid and funny, but seems out of place here, as does a standard celebrity puff-piece on NBA star Kobe Bryant. A mild look at Hawaiian meth addicts doesn't make much of an impact within the context of the book's other devastating portraits of drug addiction. The collection ends with a strange, self-indulgent account of the author's quest to track down Marlon Brando on the actor's private island. Sager's voice is very different here - personal, full of pain, uncertainty and frustration - but his tale of self-delusion and obsession makes a fitting end-piece for a clear-eyed, upsetting volume whose primary subject is outsider culture and its discontents.Difficult but rewarding reading. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Mike Sager
Mike Sager, a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and GQ, is a writer at large for Esquire. Many of his stories have been optioned for film. He lives in La Jolla, California.
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