Posted on July 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Elliot Ackerman began his military career with one of the biggest battles the Marine Corps had fought in decades: the effort to reclaim Fallujah, Iraq.

It set the bar high for the significance of the rest of his time in the Middle East (he served five tours total), and he explained to NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly that this influenced his decision to write a book.

Creating his memoir, Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning, provided the sense of purpose he was craving after his military experience.

You can listen to him discuss it below or read a transcript on NPR’s website.

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