What Have We Done by David Wood
The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars

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Wood delivers searing, elegantly told reportage on a little-understood and long-ignored facet of war.
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Winner of the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

From Pulitzer Prize-­winning journalist David Wood, a battlefield view of moral injury, the signature wound of America's 21st century wars.

Most Americans are now familiar with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its prevalence among troops. In this groundbreaking new book, David Wood examines the far more pervasive yet less understood experience of those we send to war: moral injury, the violation of our fundamental values of right and wrong that so often occurs in the impossible moral dilemmas of modern conflict. Featuring portraits of combat veterans and leading mental health researchers, along with Wood's personal observations of war and the young Americans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, WHAT HAVE WE DONE offers an unflinching look at war and those who volunteer for it: the thrill and pride of service and, too often, the scars of moral injury.

Impeccably researched and deeply personal, WHAT HAVE WE DONE is a compassionate, finely drawn study of modern war and those caught up in it. It is a call to acknowledge our newest generation of veterans by listening intently to them and absorbing their stories; and, as new wars approach, to ponder the inevitable human costs of putting American "boots on the ground."

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David Wood has Bachelors' and Masters' degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Sydney University and a PhD in Aeronautics from Imperial College, London, UK. He has been Senior Research Associate at NASA Ames Research Centre in California and has spent many years in the Faculty of Engineering at Newcastle University, where he was instrumental in developing a research group in small wind turbine technology. Dr Wood was the Australian representative on the international committee that recently revised the International Electrotechnical Commission safety standard for small wind turbines. In 2006 he left the University of Newcastle to start Aerogenesis Australia, a small company building small wind turbines. In February 2010 he was appointed to the Enmax/Schulich Chair of Renewable Energy at the University of Calgary. He is the editor for small turbines and aerodynamics for the journal Wind Engineering and has authored and co-authored over 120 refereed journal and conference papers in these areas. He holds patents on blade and controller design.
Published November 1, 2016 by Little, Brown and Company. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, War, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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on Oct 18 2016

The psychological and moral aspects of war and trauma are not well-understood, and Wood’s book is a welcome contribution to the field. A good complement to David Finkel’s Thank You for Your Service (2013).

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on Jun 21 2016

Wood delivers searing, elegantly told reportage on a little-understood and long-ignored facet of war.

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