The Tender Soldier

Vanessa M. Gezari '12

Simon and Schuster

  • 2014 |
  • ALUMNI |
  • BOOK |
  • knight-wallace |

The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice, a work of narrative nonfiction based on Gezari’s first-hand experiences reporting in Afghanistan since 2002 and especially between 2008-2010.

In this tale of moral suspense, journalist Vanessa Gezari follows these three idealists from the hope that brought them to Afghanistan through the events of the fateful day when one is gravely wounded, an Afghan is dead, and a proponent of cross-cultural engagement is charged with his murder. Through it all, these brave Americans ended up showing the world just how determined they were to get things right, how hard it was to really understand a place like Afghanistan where storytelling has been a major tool of survival, and why all future wars will involve this strange mix of fighting and listening.

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