Skateboarding party animal Colby Buzzell traded a dead-end future for the army-and ended up a machine gunner in Iraq. To make sense of the bloody insanity surrounding him, he started a blog about the war and how it differed from the government's official version. As his blog's popularity grew, Buzzell became the embedded reporter the Army couldn't control-despite its often...more
This book is the story of a slacker's search for change and excitement, his experience as a soldier in Iraq, and his thoughts on the operation of the Army and the war in Iraq. The images of war he creates in the reader's mind are like those written in great war novels - but then you realize that this stuff really happened and still happens every ...more
Colby, on the subject of a fellow soldier insisting that he give is machine gun a name:
I thought about it for a second, and then I told him that I would name my M240 "Rosebud." He said that was a cool name, and then with a smile asked me, "So who's Rosebud?" I could t ...more
War isn't any fun, and a soldier is most likely going to have to kill someone to save his/her own life. It doesn't seem like the author was prepared ...more
Colby Buzzell, Fuck The War: CBFTW, 17 Jun 2007
My War by Colby Buzzell is nothing less than the soul of an extremely interesting human being at war on our behalf in Iraq."
Colby Buzzell, aged 26, in and out of meaningless jobs, drugging, drinking and tired of life went to a Marine recruiting station in San Francisco. He wanted to join and fight the war. Incredibly, he was told that there were no openings that month, to wait and come back. As he left the recriuters office, the Arm ...more
For example, Buzzell says, "[the women] would stare at us but as soon as you made eye contact, they would look away. The Iraqi men were a little different. They stare too, but don't look away, and if you wave, which is something they never initiate, they wave back, nervously."
That was 2003-4. In October 2012 the women still look away, ...more
I read this book for my Literature and War class.
I was excited, perhaps the more correct term is intrigued, to start reading a first hand account on the war in Iraq. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know much about the war in Iraq and still don’t claim to be any sort of expert. It was a subject I decided to stay blissfully ignorant of but I am happy I ...more
But he's also a much better writer than most of the guys I went to high school with. He tells his own story in st ...more
This is good for what it is: a primary source, the self-consciously expanded version of an infantryman's blog. Honestly, it made my stomach turn for how good a snapshot this was of my generation. The author is a kid out of high school for years, working crap job after crap job, friends to party with but not much else, who is pissed off at the world, full of energy but lacking motivation. He's my brother, ya know, the one who joined the Air Force? So this book is about his tim ...more
This is a real no bullshit story. There is no titillating blood and gore, no enhanced heroics. It's the real deal.
I'm reminded of Thoreau's "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers." In that story Toreau never once commen ...more
Not to minimize this guy's experience...anyone who goes over there and risks their life has valuable lessons and stories to tell. I will likely be one of these people coming up soon, but if someone wants to read about this war, would not recommend this book. I really haven't found one that I would endorse. ...more
I liked the "Generation X goes to war"-take of the book, since that's really something that has not been done that much so far, at least. Though, naturally there is Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, but that one was about a war fought almost twenty years ...more
The book is roughly half part the blog materials and half part added stories ... sadly the added parts are not on par with the blog. Still put a brilliant minded individual in a situation like a war and the results are really worth r ...more
Sample quote: "There are only two times that I've had second thoughts about the Army. One was the time in Iraq when I definitely thought I was going to get killed, and the other time was my first day of basic training."