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First Platoon by Annie Jacobsen
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Jan 25, 2022 | ISBN 9781524746674

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Praise for First Platoon

One of Houston Chronicle’s “10 books that brought a little magic to their genres” in 2021 | One of Science for the People‘s “Best Science Books of the Year” | On The Octavian’s 2021 Book List

“Jacobsen brings empathy, compassion, compelling writing, and some truly dogged reporting.”The Washington Post

“Jacobsen follows the lives of Americans told to gather that data in Afghanistan—and she questions what the U.S. government means to do with it all.”NPR

“A deeply researched book about modern warfare. A startling prompt to stop worrying about fabricated conspiracy theories and to consider for a moment actual threats to privacy.”—Houston Chronicle

First Platoon tells two parallel stories that will keep those of us concerned about civil liberties up at night. Jacobsen dives into the troubling tale of 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, the disgraced former military leader who ordered the murder of Afghan civilians in one of the ugliest events for the U.S. military in the continuous wars since 9/11. She takes the story far beyond Lorance’s controversial pardon by President Donald Trump, though, detailing a largely unreported secretive program to catalog the personal and physical information of 80% of the Afghan population in a quest for ‘identity dominance.’”The Seattle Times

“A thought-provoking tale…. Bombshell finding.”—Military History Magazine

“This fascinating book functions as modern history but also a cautionary tale about the heavily gray area of the War on Terror and its tactics. This is grade A Journalism. —San Francisco City Book Review (five star review)

Praise for Nuclear War

“Gripping . . . essential if you want to understand the complex and disturbing details that go into a civilization-destroying decision to drop the Bomb on an enemy. . . . Jacobsen has done her homework. She has spent more than a decade interviewing dozens of experts while mastering the voluminous literature on the subject, some of it declassified only in recent years.” — New York Times Book Review

“Timeless, masterful. . .A stomach-clenching, multi-perspective, ticking-clock, geopolitical thriller. Jacobsen expertly delivers a madman’s portrait of Armageddon, one made all the more impactful by the thought that it could literally occur at any moment. Almost novel-like in its presentation, Nuclear War: A Scenario represents the equivalent of an existential gut punch, a sickening and necessary reminder of how fragile every 21st century convenience becomes in the face of a blinding flash of light and near-instantaneous shockwave. Exhaustively researched and featuring interviews with professionals who truly understand just how close we continue to creep toward thermonuclear annihilation Nuclear War: A Scenario should be required reading for everyone alive today, especially for the politicians and policymakers who literally hold the precarious fate of our species in their hands.” — Forbes

“At once methodical and vivid. In documenting the minutiae of the apocalypse, the writing is redolent of ‘Hiroshima’, a seminal article by John Hersey published in the New Yorker in 1946.” — The Economist

“An urgent warning guaranteed to cause nightmares.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Jacobsen seeks to break through jargon and details in order to tell a terrifying story in a devastatingly straightforward way.” — The Guardian

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