Erik Edstrom
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Author of "Un-American: A Soldier's Reckoning of our Longest War" (Bloomsbury)

Erik Edstrom

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Bio

I was born and raised in Massachusetts​,​ attended West Point​,​ deployed to Afghanistan as part of America's negative-sum​,​ self-perpetuating debacle known as​,​ "The War on Terror." I wrote a book about it​,​ which was published in May​,​ 2020. I'm also an engaged citizen​,​ concerned environmentalist​,​ lover of excruciating fitness challenges​,​ and idealist who believes progressive change is possible.

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"I have been a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books for about a decade now and this is one of the best books I have read. Very good reading in an election year." - Roberta Winter, The New York Journal of Books "There have been several excellent memoirs by veterans of our current wars, but this is the first one that reminded me of the disillusioned writings of British veterans after World War I, grounded in a deep new distrust of the nation that sent them to war and in the officers who led them in combat." - Tom Ricks, The New York Times "ELOQUENT, devastating book...With the resignation of Catch-22 and the sadness of All Quiet on the Western Front...A well-earned anger animates his discussion of the way most Americans treat “war [as] elevator music” and comfortably allow all of this to happen in their name." - LA Review of Books (LARB) “Erik Edstrom is a gifted writer, and Un-American is not just a good book, but a great book. It's not easy to read and, for that reason, should be required at the highest levels of government.” – Washington Independent Review of Books “A thoughtful, thought-provoking, iconoclastic, informed and informative contribution to our on-going national dialogue concerning the American military's role against the kind of asymmetrical warfare presented by global and state supported terrorism, as well as our political/military involvement in an Afghan conflict that is now more than a decade old” – Midwest Book Review “A decade of reflection culminated in this well-researched meditation on a basic question: Why is it so difficult for Americans to reckon with the reasons, costs, and impact of our wars? . . . Edstrom's bracing inquiry should be at the forefront of the debate about our national perspective on patriotism, the military, defense spending, and, most challenging, our lack of courage to question these crucial issues.” – Booklist, starred review

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