Redeployment by Phil Klay: Book club guide and discussion of the Iraq War collection.

What Can Phil Klay’s Stories Tell Us About the Modern Professional Army?

What Can Phil Klay’s Stories Tell Us About the Modern Professional Army?

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Feb. 6 2015 9:46 AM

The Audio Book Club Does Battle Over Redeployment

Listen to Slate’s critics discuss Phil Klay’s award-winning stories about the Iraq War.


To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Redeployment, click the arrow on the player below.

This month, Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Phil Klay’s National Book Award–winning Redeployment, about the political and psychological impacts of the Iraq War. How do Klay’s stories fit into the long tradition of American war writing? What can his characters tell us about the modern professional armed forces? And why do we read war stories, anyway?


Next month the Audio Book Club will discuss Paula Hawkins’ mega best-selling thriller The Girl on the Train. Read the book and stay tuned for our discussion in March!

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 80 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.


Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Meghan O’Rourke is Slate’s culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at the New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother’s death, is now out in paperback.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.