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Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq

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This is not your father's war

This is Iraq, where a soldier's first duty is reinforcing his Humvee with sheet metal and sand bags. Or, in the absence of plumbing, burning barrels of human waste. Where any dead dog on the side of the road might be concealing an insurgent's bomb and anyone could be the enemy.

At age 17, Jason Christopher Hartley joined the Army National Guard
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Harper (first published 2005)
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J.J. Brown
Nov 07, 2012 J.J. Brown rated it it was amazing
Jason Christopher Hartley's memoir "Just Another Soldier" is less about what happens, and more about how it feels to be on the ground in Iraq. The book is a shock to read, as a civilian, but I couldn't put it down and looked forward to reading each new entry as a window into his world in the service. My father was a veteran of WWII, but was also opposed to war. The stories soldiers tell have changed a lot since that time. Jason is a great story teller. I highly recommend his book for readers who ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Lillian rated it really liked it
Reading this book gives a noncombatant an intimate view of the Army's day to day life in Iraq. Jason's writing style is harsh, and brutally honest about others as well as himself. Which of course lends to an interesting and enlightening read that forces some introspection on the reader as well. Basic Info about the book- created from a series of blog entries posted while Jason was a soldier in the US Army in Iraq, year 2oo4. A lot of controversy surrounded the blog and he was forced to take it d ...more
Michio Papers
Jan 20, 2011 Michio Papers rated it it was amazing
"Just Another Soldier" is a true story of events following the author, Jason Hartley, through his tour in Iraq. The book provides an in-depth, no-frills honest perspective from the eyes of a US grunt on the ground.
Hartley's documentation of his deployment was first posted on his blog site while he was in Iraq. After coming back to the States, however, he decided to compile his entries into a book format. The resulting string of entries covers his entire wartime experience, from the training he
Billy Dudash
Jan 04, 2016 Billy Dudash rated it really liked it
In the book Just another soldier a guy of the name jason hartley has been in the national guard for a couple of years. He has not experianced war yet but now it is his chance to go to battle. The one thing he said about getting deployed was the long hours of sitting in a vehical an plane. When you go into battle it is unreal, and you never expect what you see he says. a good thing about this book was that it tells you about the life in Iraq and not just about the fighting. one negative thing is ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Desiree rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I think it offers a good perspective for someone who is not in the military - what life can be like for our soldiers. Yes, those in the military may take issue with Jason writing his story and may take issue with some of his actions. I do not sit in a position to judge him or his actions. I see this book as an account of what his life was like, not a document with which to judge him.

I find that he has a self-deprecating sense of humor. He admits his mistakes -
Jul 31, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in a first hand account of the Iraq war.
Shelves: 2008, iraq-war
I picked up this book because I wanted to have a better understand of a friend's experience serving overseas, as well as I wanted to read something entirely different than I have read all year.

Not too far into reading it I discover, surprisingly, not only Hartley grow up about 20 minutes from where I did, he is also a former Mormon as well! So this book had familiar neuances that made it extremely enjoyable (My favorite would be how he described answering the phone for one of his duties. He answ
Brandon Jennings
Jul 04, 2012 Brandon Jennings rated it liked it
Although there is not anything here interesting stylistically (it was a blog that got "made into" a book, so what the hell should I have expected), there is a lot of honesty in the writing that I appreciate. So basically, I'd have a beer with this guy. If you want to get an insider's look at ground operations in Iraq from a pseudo-sexist (albeit aware of his sexism enough to comment on and attempt to understand it), snarky, at times self-glorifying (see the section on his "Muckraking" that got h ...more
Aug 31, 2008 Megan rated it did not like it
Jason gives a good account of his point of view, and he is an incredible author. However, he uses this book to try to rationalize his completely amoral behavior.

Jason spent a year in Iraq, and while he was there he knowingly broke the Geneva Convention. He makes himself out to be a victim, but I am somewhat familiar with the briefings that soldiers get before going into combat, and there is NO WAY that he didn't know how completely reprehensible it is to post pictures of detainees on the Interne
Mar 08, 2012 Caity rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, military
I loved it! The premise is a man deployed to Iraq who has a blog and then subsequently gets asked to take it down but continues to write and then eventually puts it back up which causes him to get an Article 15. So the whole book is basically blog entries from him while he's deployed. He's a fabulous writer - funny, poignant, descriptive. Perfect. I would highly recommend.
Jun 16, 2008 Stefanie rated it really liked it
It was interesting hearing the insight from a soldier on the ground instead of another news reporter. I honestly read this book to try to get a better feel for what it would be like for my boyfriend Brian over there. He will be leaving in September to go to Iraq and I will probably never understand what it will b/was like for him.
Christina Boyle
Dec 05, 2010 Christina Boyle rated it it was amazing
I was dating a soldier and had heard the author interviewed on NPR a couple of years back. I wanted to better understand what life was like in combat. Jason Christopher Hartley's male, Gen Y writing style is irresistible. It's a conversational and humanizing portrayal of the soldier's plight in the Iraq War.
Aug 01, 2010 Daphne rated it liked it
I liked the book, but I was on a war movie & book kick and then suddenly I felt overwhelmed. Too much...just, too much. Unfortunately, I hadn't gotten far into this book at that point and didn't feel like I could finish.
Apr 19, 2008 Rae rated it did not like it
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This was a disappointment to me. He says he is "just another soldier" but somehow I doubt that. I would like to know what other soldiers who served think of this memoir.
Mar 21, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud several times reading this book. Hartley's humor vividly illustrates the absurdities of Army life in Iraq.
Nov 20, 2008 shay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an interesting firsthand account of life as a soldier and the war in iraq. i enjoyed it a lot.
Jul 21, 2015 Joe rated it it was ok
This guy was a whiner, he didn't really get it. Not that good of a book.
Jul 20, 2007 Tawnya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking to see what's going on in Iraq from a young soldier's point of view
Great book and really eye opening!
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