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Generation Kill

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

By Evan Wright

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United States, 01 February 2005
Visit HBO s Generation Kill website here.The New York Times bestseller "one of the best books to come out of the second Iraq war." (Financial Times)

Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ed combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears-soldiers raised on hip hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer.Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war. Read Evan Wright's posts on the Penguin Blog."

About the Author

Evan Wright is the author of Hella Nation and Generation Kill, the basis of the HBO(R) miniseries for which he served as co-writer. Wright earned his degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from Vassar College, an education he soon put work at Hustler magazine, where he served as "Entertainment Editor." In the late 1990's he began writing feature articles for Rolling Stone focused on youth subcultures, from radical environmentalists to skinheads to sorority girls. His work is characterized by immersion in his subjects' worlds, detailed reporting and dark humor.After 9/ll he pitched his editor on the idea that since the US military was "basically another youth subculture," he ought to be writing about it. Generation Kill received numerous awards, including the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times book award, a PEN USA literary prize and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's award for "Best History of the Marine Corps." Wright has covered the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards, one for reporting on the war in Iraq in Rolling Stone and the other for a profile published in Vanity Fair.

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"A pungently written combat narrative and a close-range study of a bunch of twentysomething warriors trying to get a handle on who they are."--Time"Nuanced and grounded in details often overlooked in daily journalistic accounts...A complex portrait of able young men raised on video games and trained as killers."--The New York Times "A stellar reporting achievement...Think Black Hawk Down or Michael Herr's Dispatches."--ottawa Citizen"Shockingly honest."--Entertainment Weekly"Visceral, sometimes shocking...a brutally honest acount of America's latest generation to experiencethe stark, horrifying realities of warfare."--Boston Herald "Sidesteps Greatest Generation cliches to find the unexpected--a self-described 'Marine Corps killer' who listens to Barry Manilow, a corporal who compares a gunfight to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City."--The Washington Post Wright wrote about [his] experience in a three-part series in Rolling Stone that was hailed for its evocative, accurate war reporting. This book, a greatly expanded version of that series, matches its accomplishment. Wright is a perceptive reporter...a personality-driven, readable and insightful look at the Iraq war's first month from the Marine grunt's point of view...compelling portraits...a vivid, well-drawn picture."--Publishers Weekly "The language is blue, the blood red, and the action explosive. This may be the book of the Iraqi engagement."--Richmond Times-Dispatch One of the best books to come out of the Iraq war. Financial Times Stunning. Boston Herald Engrossing. Washington Post Shockingly honest. Entertainment Weekly Complex. New York Times" "One of the best books to come out of the Iraq war."--"Financial Times""Stunning."--"Boston Herald""Engrossing."--"Washington Post""Shockingly honest."--"Entertainment Weekly""Complex."--"New York Times"

EAN: 9780425200407
ISBN: 042520040X
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.34 x 2.49 centimetres (0.44 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I really love this book. It gives a great inside look at the experiences in one Marine recon unit and how they fared in the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. You get to really know and feel for the characters and also feel frustrated with the difficulties (and some other Marines) they have to endure. Now an HBO series, which follows the book really closely. Highly recommended.

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