The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

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"The Long Walk" is a raw, wrenching, blood-soaked chronicle of the human cost of war. Brian Castner, the leader of a military bomb disposal team, recounts his deployment to Iraq with unflinching candor, and in the process exposes crucial truths not only about this particular conflict, but also about war throughout history. Castner's memoir brings to mind Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece, "All Quiet on the Western Front. "
""--"Jon Krakauer, author of "Where Men Win Glory"
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""Castner has written a powerful book about the long cost of combat and the brotherhood of men at arms. Remarkably, he has made the world of the EOD entertaining, occasionally hilarious, and always harrowing. His honesty is refreshing and the book is written with such candor and openness that one can't help but root for him. And did I mention that it is entertaining? There were scenes at work with the bomb disposal unit where I found myself holding my breath."
"--"Anthony Swofford, author of" Jarhead"

"""Do you want to know a little something about our war in Iraq? Begin with "The Long Walk," Brian Castner's elegant, superbly written story about the bomb-disposal guys. As you read think of Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. Castner gives us that steady rhythm of one foot in front of the other. Think of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. Here is the reality of the exhausted mind, and of profound thought wandering all Creation: this is what I saw, this is what I did, this is what I have become. It's the story of the long walk out, as they say, from the Humvee to the bomb in the street, and the long look back."
"--"Larry Heinemann, author of the National Book Award-winning "Paco's Story" and "Close Quarters

""Damn, this is a very human book. If you have come back from Iraq or Afghanistan, or know someone who has, you need to read "The Long Walk."
""--" Thomas E. Ricks, author of "Fiasco" and "The

"Castner's book maps out this new and sorrowful territory with the skill and focus of someone who has had to defuse a bomb inside his own body." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune"
""The Long Walk "brings home in a visceral way the hidden, personal burden of war that many veterans continue to carry." --"The Boston Globe"
"The enduring treachery of memory . . . remains the real, unfinished story of "The Long Walk." It takes as much courage for Castner to confront that memory as it does to face an active fuse."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"What makes Castner's astonishing memoir so unique is his forthright, unflinching look at postwar life." --"Dallas Morning News"
"Castner succeeds in taking readers into the mind of a man who is hopelessly scarred by war." --"USA Today
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"Direct and disturbing. . . . A painful but compelling read, even as Castner finds ways to cope, at least partially, with his long walk back at home." --"Morning Edition" (NPR)
"Brutally honest [and] sharply observed. . . . "The Long Walk "is both harrowing and poignant--an intensely personal story of what it takes not just to survive war, but also to fully leave behind the nightmare of combat and readapt to ordinary life." --"The Daily Beast"
"So viscerally engaging that it's hard to read it without shaking. Castner writes with a keen mind, sharp intellect and literary flair. . . . [and] the desperate immediacy of a man whose skin has been burned away." --"Austin American-Statesman"
"He gives equal, if not more, weight to the time and effort that goes into readjusting to his family life, and his straightforward, unself-conscious writing paints an absorbing picture of war in the twenty-first century. . . . Castner's experience isn't everyone's, of course, but a memoir like his can help to bridge that gap between civilians and today's military." --NewYorker.com
"A raw, wrenching, blood-soaked chronicle of the human cost of war. Castner's memoir brings to mind Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece "All""Quiet on the Western Front."" --Jon Krakauer, author of "Where Men Win Glory
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"A powerful book about the long cost of combat and the brotherhood of men at arms. . . . [Castner's] honesty is refreshing and the book is written with such candor and openness that one can't help but root for him." --Anthony Swofford, author of "Jarhead
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"Do you want to know a little something about our war in Iraq? Begin with "The Long Walk," Brian Castner's elegant, superbly written story about the bomb disposal guys. . . . Here is the reality of the exhausted mind, and of profound thought wandering all Creation: this is what I saw, this is what I did, this is what I have become." --Larry Heinemann, author of the National Book Award-winning "Paco's Story" and "Close Quarters"

Castner s book maps out this new and sorrowful territory with the skill and focus of someone who has had to defuse a bomb inside his own body. Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Long Walk brings home in a visceral way the hidden, personal burden of war that many veterans continue to carry. The Boston Globe
The enduring treachery of memory . . . remains the real, unfinished story of The Long Walk. It takes as much courage for Castner to confront that memory as it does to face an active fuse. The New York Times Book Review
What makes Castner s astonishing memoir so unique is his forthright, unflinching look at postwar life. Dallas Morning News
Castner succeeds in taking readers into the mind of a man who is hopelessly scarred by war. USA Today

Direct and disturbing. . . . A painful but compelling read, even as Castner finds ways to cope, at least partially, with his long walk back at home. Morning Edition (NPR)
Brutally honest [and] sharply observed. . . . The Long Walkis both harrowing and poignant an intensely personal story of what it takes not just to survive war, but also to fully leave behind the nightmare of combat and readapt to ordinary life. The Daily Beast
So viscerally engaging that it s hard to read it without shaking. Castner writes with a keen mind, sharp intellect and literary flair. . . . [and] the desperate immediacy of a man whose skin has been burned away. Austin American-Statesman
He gives equal, if not more, weight to the time and effort that goes into readjusting to his family life, and his straightforward, unself-conscious writing paints an absorbing picture of war in the twenty-first century. . . . Castner s experience isn t everyone s, of course, but a memoir like his can help to bridge that gap between civilians and today s military. NewYorker.com
A raw, wrenching, blood-soaked chronicle of the human cost of war. Castner s memoir brings to mind Erich Maria Remarque s masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front. Jon Krakauer, author of Where Men Win Glory

A powerful book about the long cost of combat and the brotherhood of men at arms. . . . [Castner s] honesty is refreshing and the book is written with such candor and openness that one can t help but root for him. Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead

Do you want to know a little something about our war in Iraq? Begin with The Long Walk, Brian Castner s elegant, superbly written story about the bomb disposal guys. . . . Here is the reality of the exhausted mind, and of profound thought wandering all Creation: this is what I saw, this is what I did, this is what I have become. Larry Heinemann, author of the National Book Award-winning Paco s Story and Close Quarters

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Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the head of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Whenever IEDs were discovered, he and his men would lead the way in either disarming the deadly devices or searching through rubble and remains for clues to the bomb-makers identities. And when robots and other remote means failed, one technician would suit up and take the Long Walk to disarm the bomb by hand. This lethal game of cat and mouse was, and continues to be, the real war within America s wars in the Middle East. When Brian returned stateside to his wife and family, he entered an equally inexorable struggle against the enemy within, which he comes to call the Crazy.
This thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book alternates between two harrowing realities: the terror, excitement, and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the unshakeable fear, anxiety, and survivor guilt that he like so many veterans carries inside.

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