My War

My War

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An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead-end future for the armya€”and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq. To make sense of the absurd and frightening events surrounding him, he started writing a blog about the wara€”and how it differed from the governmenta€™s official version. But as his bloga€™s popularity grew, Buzzell became the embedded reporter the Army couldna€™t controla€”despite its often hilarious efforts to do so. The result is an extraordinary narrative, rich with unforgettable scenes: the Iraqi woman crying uncontrollably during a raid on her home; the soldier too afraid to fight; the troops chain-smoking in a guard tower and counting tracer rounds; the first, fierce firefight against the a€œmen in black.a€ Drawing comparisons to everything from Charles Bukowski to Catch-22, My War depicts a generation caught in a complicated and dangerous worlda€”and marks the debut of a raw, remarkable new voice.Finally the drill sergeant made us all toe the line in front of our bunk beds. ... Our drill sergeant then wanted to know why we joined his be-lov-ed Army. He asked us all to raise our hands if we joined the Army to serve our country. I didna#39;t raiseanbsp;...

Title:My War
Author:Colby Buzzell
Publisher:Penguin - 2006-09-05


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