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In 'Missionaries,' Phil Klay Explores How 'Wars Bleed Into Each Other'

In a new novel, the National Book Award winner takes readers around the world — from the chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan to turmoil in rural Colombia. It is not a "nice, clean, moral story," he says.
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National Book Award winner Phil Klay's new novel Missionaries takes readers around the world, from the chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan to turmoil in rural Colombia.

"The more that I thought about the way that we wage war in the 21st century, the more it seemed to me insufficient to just talk about one theater of conflict," Klay explains. "I wanted to talk about the ways these wars bleed into each other."

Along the way, readers meet a U.S. Army special

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