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Just Another Soldier by Jason Christopher Hartley
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Jul 31, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, iraq-war
Recommended for: those interested in a first hand account of the Iraq war.
Read in July, 2008

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 answered it like mormon kids close their prayers, all in one breath one long word strung together; "inthenameofjesuschristamen". Freaking hillarious).

The book was a quick read, not easy though. War is a sad thing. Hartley handles his account with brutal honesty and, if you can get past his slightly "bloggy" style (such as using 'gotta') it's a well written book.

This is a great read.

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