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‘The Evil Hours,’ a wonderful new book on PTSD (II): It even made me laugh

FP's Tom Ricks continues to enjoy The Evil Hours, a new book on PTSD.

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TIKRIT, IRAQ: Ingoing US First Infantry Division Commander Mj. Gn. John R.S. Batiste (L) shakes hands with outgoing Forth Infantry Division Commander Mj. Gn. Raymond T. Odierno (L) during the transfer of authority ceremony as the top US commander on the ground, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, looks on in Tikrit, 180 kms north of Baghdad, 16 March 2004. The 1st ID will replace the fourth ID in this outpost in north central Iraq. AFP PHOTO/Cris BOURONCLE (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

I laughed when I read this exchange David Morris had with a soldier from the 1st Infantry Division in October 2007:

“I think I might be a pacifist, sir.”

“Oh, really, how’s that working out for you?” I said.

“Okay, not a pacifist, but what’s it called? An expatriate.”

“You’ve got a running start being over here.”

“I’m serious, sir. I can’t stand Americans.”

My wife heard me laugh and looked up. “What’s funny in a book about PTSD?” she asked.

Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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