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Generation Kill by Evan Wright
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Aug 05, 07

Read in October, 2006

Upon finishing the last page, I immediately turned back to the first page and began reading the book from the beginning. This is an astonishing first person account of the first week of the Iraq invasion from the perspective of a writer embedded with the Marines. If the U.S. advancing forces were a spear, the rangers preceded the spear's tip. Apolitical, Generation Kill puts you amidst the chaos, sorrow, and weirdness of the Iraq War's first week. The writer does nothing to critique U.S. policy or mull over the rationale for going to war, but merely presents events as they unfolded around him: putting on a chemical suit in preparation for the sarin gas attacks that never came, seeing a commanding officer impale an Iraqi prisoner, experiencing the grim humor of the army rangers, recovering from a firefight and discovering Ollie North standing behind him....this book is full of amazing anecdotes. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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William Please note you state incorrectly, "...writer embedded with the army rangers..." The men described in Generation Kill are in fact Marines from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Pendleton.


message 2: by Erick (new)

Erick i agree with William.. I dont think the marines would like to be confused with Army rangers or the rangers with marines...


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