cover image Charlie Mike: A True Story of War and Finding the Way Home

Charlie Mike: A True Story of War and Finding the Way Home

Joe Klein. Simon & Schuster, $27 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4516-7730-0

Klein, best known as the unmasked author of the bestselling political novel Primary Colors, ventures back into the realm of military nonfiction, which he first tackled with his 1984 book Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam. His subject here is the inspiring, selfless work of two veterans: Eric Greitens, who served as a Navy SEAL in Iraq, and Jake Wood, a former Marine who served in Afghanistan. Greitens founded an organization, the Mission Continues, to help his fellow wounded war veterans, while Wood started Team Rubicon, a group of war veterans doing volunteer humanitarian work both domestically and internationally. Klein ably shares the stories of Greitens and Wood alongside those of a number of other recent veterans, articulating their often difficult post-war physical and emotional problems as well as their triumphs. At times the book reads like a novel, due to Klein’s reliance on reconstructed dialogue. Klein’s style works well, though, as he presents a clear picture of the costs of modern war and the heroic actions of a group of former warriors who wanted to make life better for their fellow service members. [em]Agent: Kathy Robbins, the Robbins Office. (Nov.) [/em]