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Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green by Johnny Rico
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Oct 18, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: biography, military, non-fiction, politics, sociology
Read in October, 2010

Wow, I personally am familiar with the areas, FOB's and units mentioned in this book as well as the authors tour. I have to say, GROSS changes in facts, what the author purports to be emails about missions and day to day activity to family back home would not have been allowed to be emailed simply because of the security risks involved. Also the picture the author paints of Infantry as dumb, uncaring and undisciplined is untrue, while some of the events may have happened they certainly would not fly as lasting weeks or months as the author purports, I know of no SOF element that would let it fly, especially on their FOB. Mostly what you will find here is a strong political bias where the author tints, re-interprets and outright fabricates things to further a very anti-military viewpoint. While he does attempt to come to terms with why people have chosen to serve during a time of war and how he feels about being there for the most part its a rant filled with crap. While the author does in fact admit to not caring about what he was supposed to learn prior to deployment nor really having any interest in finding things out for himself, insinuating that nobody knows what they are doing, or are all brainwashed because they don't have the same viewpoint (atheist-anti-military-self proclaimed super-liberal) as him is a disservice to men and women serving in the armed forces. If one is looking for un-biased experience based biography on the war in Afghanistan look elsewhere.
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Marc Richards actually, I think he hit the nail on the head with his experiences overseas. most lower ranking soldiers are clueless as to what goes on half the time and why.

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