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Generation Kill

Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War

Wright, Evan

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Generation Kill
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In the tradition of Black Hawk Downand Jarheadcomes a searing portrait of young men fighting a modern-day war. A powerhouse work of nonfiction, Generation Killexpands on Evan Wright's acclaimed three-part series that appeared in Rolling Stoneduring the summer of 2003. His narrative follows the twenty-three marines of First Recon who spearheaded the blitzkrieg on Iraq. This elite unit, nicknamed "First Suicide Battalion," searched out enemy fighters by racing ahead of American battle forces and literally driving into suspected ambush points. Evan Wright lived on the front lines with this platoon from the opening hours of combat, to the fall of Baghdad, through the start of the guerrilla war. He was welcomed into their ranks, and from this bird's-eye perspective he tells the unsettling story of young men trained by their country to be ruthless killers. He chronicles the triumphs and horrors-physical, moral, emotional, and spiritual-that these marines endured while achieving victory in a war many questioned before it began. Wright's book is a timely account of war; even more important, it is a timeless description of the human drama taking place on today's battlefields. Written with brutal honesty, raw intensity, and startling intimacy, Generation Kill is destined to become a classic and take its place in the canon of the most captivating and authentic works of war literature.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2004.
ISBN: 0399151931
Characteristics: 354 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.

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Feb 14, 2012
  • dstevens04 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For fans of the book, a TV miniseries was made by HBO called 'Generation Kill', which is very well done. For a different take on the same story, check out 'One Bullet Away' by Nathaniel Fick, one of the platoon commanders in the same recon unit the reporter was in, the differences in how the same events are interesting.

Jan 31, 2012
  • fazybones rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book by an embedded reporter in the 2003 Iraqi war and
the author did a great job of showing the marines in a recon unit at a personal level and shows how some officers slip through the cracks and have no business leading men into battle. Exciting, scary and some very funny situations described.

Jan 21, 2012
  • Morde rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gives a face to the people who were involved in the war and humanizes them. Speckled with hilarious moments and a brilliant narration of battle this is a great read.

Apr 10, 2011
  • Chairborne rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It shows the Marines at a human level- the way they think, interact, and how the military brings a common bond between men.

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Nov 18, 2008
  • blizzard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Evan Wright's personal account of his experience from the second Gulf war in Iraq. He was placed as an embedded journalist in the First Recon battalion that was on the front lines of many of the major battles in the war.

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