David Morris' experiences as a former Marine infantry officer and an embedded reporter in Iraq brought him up close to the horrors of war, the ghosts of which hounded him into the treatment offices of the Veterans Affairs Department and beyond. Currently, the self-described semi-hipster writer spends his days pursuing his own brand of therapy, out on a surfboard or kicking it in the coffee shops of Portland, Ore. His compulsively readable book, "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," explores PTSD from a personal perspective as well as in a larger cultural and historical context. He took time out from his book tour to discuss trauma, transcendence and why "American Sniper" ain't all that.
"Biography" is an interesting word choice for the subtitle. I've only ever heard it used for people.