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December 5, 2020 at 1:27 pm #23887Mable WenkeGuest
Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
by Evan Wright
- Author: Evan Wright
- Publisher: Berkley Caliber
- Language: english
- Characters: Rudy Reyes, Evan Wright, Brad Colbert, Josh Ray Person, Nathaniel Fick
- ISBN: 9780425200407 (042520040X)
- Awards: J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize (2005), Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest (2004), PEN Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction (2005)
- Format: paperback, 384 pages
- Release date: February 1, 2005
- Genres: history, war, memoir, journalism, biography, politics, contemporary
About The Book
Another nameless town, another target for First Recon. It’s only five in the afternoon, but a sandtorm has plunged everything into a hellish twilight of murky, red dust. On rooftops, in alleyways lurk militiamen with machine guns, AK rifles and the odd rocket-propelled grenade. Artillery bombardment has shattered the town’s sewers and rubble is piled up in lagoons of human excrement. It stinks. Welcome to Iraq… Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ed combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears-soldiers raised on hip hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.
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