Here is one way to observe Memorial Day: Help Iraqi refugees as they settle down in this country. To do that, I've collected a bunch of recent books, signed by the authors, and am selling them off for $50 apiece. Send me a note telling me which books you want -- the e-mail address is over there on the right near my thumbnail bio. I will tell you if they are still available, and I also will tell you how to proceed. (Don't worry -- the checks won't be made out to me, and I will mail the books to you at my own expense.) Or, do all your Christmas shopping in one shot, and pre-emptively buy for all 11 signed books for $400.
Here are the books:
David Bellavia: House to House
Andrew Exum: This Man's Army
Nathaniel Fick: One Bullet Away
David Finkel: The Good Soldiers
Barton Gellman: Angler - The Cheney Vice Presidency
H.R. McMaster: Dereliction of Duty
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin: Game Change
Plus, all four of my books:
A Soldier's Duty
Making the Corps
UPDATE: Wow. I didn't realize what sort of demand there would be. All the books are sold, many times over. I am surprised at the number of people who offered to buy the whole set. I am e-mailing the winner right now. I will also sort out the rest of the purchase requests for individual books. I have lots of copies of my books, at least. Thanks to all who responded!
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.