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Generation Kill by Evan Wright
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Mar 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, war, longform-journalism
Read in February, 2012

This book hit me really hard. I was completely engrossed in it, but I had to keep stopping to think over certain events, and sometimes to recover because I'd experience such a palpable sense of waste and sorrow. But I appreciate that Wright comes to the material in a nonjudgemental way - the violence and the farce of war are balanced with the moral ambiguities the soldier's face, their own doubts and reactions to some of the more troubling events - and that he doesn't airbrush the truth of the war, the bizarre bureaucratic bungles, the egos, the cost. And he has a great eye for drawing the different personalities of the First Recon team, the parts of them that allow them to serve in this way, to obey orders, to kill and to even lust after the thrill of what they do. It's a disturbing and a humanising read all at the same time.

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