Generation Kill

Generation Kill

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

Book - 2004
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Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone , this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO#65533; original mini-series.

Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears--soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World . 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.

Hailed as "one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war"( Financial Times ),  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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2004.
ISBN: 9780425200407
042520040X
9780399151934
0399151931
Characteristics: 354 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., 2 maps ; 24 cm.

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bfowler
Aug 22, 2015

One of the more realistic stories of the war in Iraq. It's what happens when you give a bunch of 18-year olds some weapons that will knock down a house and turn them loose.

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dstevens04
Feb 14, 2012

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.

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fazybones
Jan 31, 2012

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.

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Morde
Jan 21, 2012

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.

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Chairborne
Apr 10, 2011

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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blizzard
Aug 13, 2008

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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