Episode 18 Preview Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War

This month together with my Co-Host Cliff W. Gilmore, I have the honor and pleasure to host U.S. Marine Corps veteran and award-winning author Phil Klay to discuss his important work Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War.

A book that looks at our the endless, invisible conflicts of the post-9/11 world and fundamentally asks:

“In the name of what do we ask young Americans to kill, and to die? In the name of what does this country hang together? As we see at every turn in these pages, those two questions have a great deal to do with each other, and how we answer [these questions] will go a long way toward deciding where our troubled country goes from here.”

Phil won the National Book Award for fiction in 2014 for his first book-length publication, a collection of short stories titled Redeployment. His 2020 novel, Missionaries, was named as one of President Obama’s favorite books of the year and his latest book Uncertain Ground has released to critical acclaim.

We here at The Ask look forward to this vital conversation with Phil about his book that sets out to explore the chasm between the military and the civilian in American life, and the moral blind spot it has created.

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