Journalist David Finkel understands America's fighting men like few others.
Not only was The Washington Post reporter embedded with an infantry combat team in Baghdad, Iraq -- an experience that resulted in his book The Good Soldiers -- he also stuck with those soldiers once they returned to their lives in the States, resulting in a second acclaimed volume, the just-published Thank You for Your Service.
Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with Finkel on the Aftermath of the Long War on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The event is the fourth in the Library's new series Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle, which provides an insider's look at key issues in Washington, D.C., through the eyes of America's top journalists.
Finkel, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his reporting on U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. The Good Soldiers was named one of the best books of 2010 by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, and The Boston Globe, among others.
Von Drehle, a Kansas City resident, has reported and edited for The Denver Post, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Post. Among his books are Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, and Among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture of Capital Punishment. In March, Von Drehle spoke at the Library on his latest book Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year.
Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute. The series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund grants.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.