November 12, 2012
U.S. Army veteran Matt Zeller describes combat— and its aftermath

Watches Without Time, coverMatt Zeller, author of the recently published memoir Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan, has been getting the message out that America needs to pay much more attention to the veterans of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Watches Without Time is now available as an ebook, as well as a paperback. Zeller was recently appointed an Adjunct Fellow at the Washington DC think-tank, the American Security Project. In October, in the lead-up to the recent U.S. election, he published a series of articles in The Huffington Post, commenting on the war in Afghanistan (1, 2, 3, 4.)

In early December, Matt’s fans in Southern California will be able to meet him in person, during speaking engagements at the UCLA Asia Institute and Whittier College. Check back here or at the Just World Books Facebook page for details, as we pin them down.

Lt.-Col. John Nagl, author of the acclaimed book on counter-insurgency How to Eat Soup with a Knife, has described Matt’s book as “a raw, brutally honest memoir of combat and its aftermath.”

Toward the end of Watches Without Time, Matt includes descriptions of a number of the PTSD episodes he suffered after his return to the United States from his eight-month tour deployed in Ghazni Province in southern Afghanistan.

In 2010, less than 18 months after his return to America, Matt showed his resilience and his fine personal qualities by stepping forward as the Democratic Party’s candidate in the complex Congressional election campaign in New York state’s troubled 29th district. He lost that race. (2010 was a terrible time to run as a Democrat.) But his loss gave him the time he needed to pull together the series of frank, no-holds-barred emails he had sent home from the front-lines of Ghazni to family and friends at home, into the book that became Watches Without Time.

Matt is a terrific writer and a very engaging speaker! He is now lining up his schedule for Spring 2013. If you’re interested in having him come to your community to speak about his book, please contact Lilly Frost at Just World Books.