All the Ways We Kill and Die -...
“Castner takes us through a kind of moral detective work . . . A brilliant, moving, and troubling portrait of modern American warfare” (Phil Klay, National Book Award–winning author of Redeployment). The EOD—explosive ordnance disposal—community is tight-knit, and when one of their own is hurt, an alarm goes out. When Brian Castner, an Iraq War vet, learns that his friend and EOD brother Matt has been killed by an IED in Afghanistan, he goes to console Matt’s widow, but he also begins a personal investigation. Is the bomb maker who killed Matt the same man American forces have been hunting since Iraq, known as the Engineer? In this nonfiction thriller, Castner takes us inside the manhunt for this elusive figure, meeting maimed survivors, interviewing the forensics teams who gather post-blast evidence, the wonks who collect intelligence, the drone pilots and contractors tasked to kill. His investigation reveals how warfare has changed since Iraq, becoming individualized even as it has become hi-tech, with our drones, bomb disposal robots, and CSI-like techniques. As we use technology to identify, locate, and take out the planners and bomb makers, the chilling lesson is that the hunters are also being hunted, and the other side—from Al-Qaeda to ISIS—has been selecting its own high-value targets. “An intimate, heartfelt, and rending portrait of the American family at war and at home.”—Doug Stanton, New York Times–bestselling author of Horse Soldiers “Like the best of storytellers, Castner transports us into the world of the men and women who fight and die and grieve . . . An extraordinary work of nonfiction that reads like a suspense novel.” —Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, New York Times–bestselling author of Ashley’s War