Saturday, December 03, 2005

Books I've Read (Fall/Winter 2005)

Evan Wright, Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War (personal narrative of the 2003 invasion of Iraq).

Wright is a reporter, not a Marine, but he rode along with the Force Recon men at the very tip of the spear. His account of the early part of the war mixes heroism, fellowship, incompetence, arrogance, and the fog of war into a narrative that will make you feel like you were in the Humvees too.

Unlike some of the "embedded" reporters, who seem to have quickly become cheerleaders for the war, or those who donned combat fatigues for dramatic dispatches from the safety of their hotels, Wright pulls no punches.

Highly recommended.


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