Wright is a perceptive reporter and a facile writer. His account is a personality-driven, readable and insightful look at the Iraq War's first month from the Marine grunt's point of view.
It jibes with other firsthand reports of the first phase of the Iraqi invasion including David Zucchino's Thunder Run , showing the unsettling combination of feeble and vicious resistance put up by the Iraqi army, the Fedayeen militiamen and their Syrian allies against American forces bulldozing through towns and cities and into Baghdad.
Wright paints compelling portraits of a handful of Marines, most of whom are young, street-smart and dedicated to the business of killing the enemy.
As he shows them, the Marines' main problem was trying to sort out civilians from enemy fighters. Wright does not shy away from detailing what happened when the fog of war resulted in the deaths and maimings of innocent Iraqi men, women and children. Nor does he hesitate to describe intimately the few instances in which Marines were killed and wounded.
Fortunately, Wright is not exposing the strengths and weaknesses of a new generation of American fighting men, as the misleadingly hyped-up title and subtitle indicate. Instead, he presents a vivid, well-drawn picture of those fighters in action on the front lines in the blitzkrieg-like opening round of the Iraq War.
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Then they were called upon to be heroes. It should be added that one of the strengths of this book is the care the author puts into detailing the various personalities of the Marine unit in which he was imbedded. Share on Pinterest. But they're also both complete and perfectly understandable on their own. Shelves: war. In The Spotlight.
I'm an old Recon Marine myself and reading the book is far more fun than just watching the TV series alone. There have been a couple situations I nearly wet myself laughing and there are some thing covered that aroused old memories about being a Marine with my ass in a crack.
Generation Kill is many many time better than Jarhead and Evan Wright did a great job. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned. Raw, Honest, emotionally clairvoyant this is one of the best books on the current Iraq Conflict I've read and I've read tons. I got into Evan Wright from his Rolling Stone articles which are fleshed out and used in Generation Kill and would really recommend this.
obalemyr.gq: Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Ice Man, Captain America, and the New Face of American War (): Evan Wright: Books. Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of . novel portrays the struggles and terrors that the marines face in the war. . Compared with the other military branches in the US Armed Forces, I think this one is.
I know the cover kind of stinks, and the title is a little too dramatic but the book itself is great. Again, I read this book a year ago and still think about the stories within daily.
I found the Book to be a much better stry than the Mini Series. The Book helped explain to me the attitude of the New U. Soldier as compared to the Soldiers I served with in Vietnam. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fleshed-out characters and a good story. Skip to main content.
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See details. Buy It Now. Add to cart. New other : lowest price. About this product Product Information In the tradition of Black Hawk Down and Jarhead comes a searing portrait of young men fighting a modern-day war. A powerhouse work of nonfiction, Generation Kill expands on Evan Wright's acclaimed three-part series that appeared in Rolling Stone during the summer of His narrative follows the twenty-three marines of First Recon who spearheaded the blitzkrieg on Iraq.