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David Finkel is the author of The Good Soldiers, a ground-level account of the U.S. "surge" into the Iraq war, published in 2009 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. An editor and writer for The Washington Post, Finkel has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and across the United States, and was part of the Post’s war coverage in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S. democracy promotion efforts in Yemen and received a presitious MacArthur Fellow "genius" award in 2012.
The Good Soldiers was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by The New York Times Sunday Book Review. It was also named a best book of the year by The Chicago Tribune, Slate.com, The Boston Globe, The Kansas City Star, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), and The Christian Science Monitor. The Good Soldiers received the 2009 Helen Bernstein book award for excllence in journalism, the J. Anthony Lukas book prize for exceptional nonfiction, and the Cornelius Ryan award from the Overseas Press Club for best nonfiction book on international affairs.
David is married, has two daughters, and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.