Deployment to Iraq changed my view of God, country, and humankind. So did coming home.

War doesn’t just assault your physical self, it assaults your understanding of the world, your ethics, and your faith — even when you think you’re on the “right” side.

Author: Phil Klay
Published: Nov 11, 2018
Length: 31 minutes (7,977 words)

Tales of War and Redemption

“The violence I have seen has left me feeling hollowed out, unable to gild all the agony with some beautiful meaning.”

Author: Phil Klay
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,228 words)

After Action Report

This week’s Longreads Member Pick is from Redeployment, a collection of short stories by Phil Klay, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer.

Thanks to Klay and Penguin Press for sharing it with the Longreads community, and special thanks to Longreads Members, who make this service possible. Join us.

Author: Phil Klay
Published: Mar 11, 2014
Length: 23 minutes (5,940 words)