Jarhead A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War And Other Battles (Paperback)
|Author: Anthony Swofford|
|A memoir of the Gulf War by a front-line infantry marine recounts his struggles with the conflict on the front lines, his battles with fear and suicide, his brushes with death, and his identity as a soldier and an American. *Author: Swofford, Anthony *Subtitle: A Marines Chronicle of the Gulf War And Other Battles *Publication Date: 2005/10/18 *Number of Pages: 260 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50|
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A memoir of the Gulf War by a front-line infantry marine recounts his struggles with the conflict on the front lines, his battles with fear and suicide, his brushes with death, and his identity as a soldier and an American.In his New York Times bestselling chronicle of military life, Anthony Swofford weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.
When the U.S. Marines--or "jarheads"--were sent to Saudi Arabia in 1990 for the Gulf War, Anthony Swofford was there. He lived in sand for six months; he was punished by boredom and fear; he considered suicide, pulled a gun on a fellow marine, and was targeted by both enemy and friendly fire. As engagement with the Iraqis drew near, he was forced to consider what it means to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man.
In this candid war memoir, Anthony Swofford chronicles his experiences as a sniper during the first Gulf War, in 1991. A third-generation soldier, Swofford served in a United States Marine Corps Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon, and here he holds nothing back as he conveys the raw feelings of fear and boredom that he experienced, as well as the shared feelings of intimacy and camaraderie of soldiers waiting to ship out, waiting for a fire fight, waiting to die. In his down time, Swofford reflects on his upbringing in a military family, and his experiences in boot camp. This grunt's eye view of combat was a New York Times Notable Book for 2003. It was also made into a 2005 movie, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
"Rare is the marine who is willing to share the raw experience, and rarer still one like Swofford--the marine who can really write. JARHEAD is some kind of classic, a bracing memoir of the 1991 Persian Gulf war that will go down with the best books ever written about military life. It is certainly the most honest memoir I have read from a participant in any recent war. Swofford writes with humor, anger and great skill. His prose is alive with ideas and feeling, and at times soars like poetry....As he moves through a nightmare landscape..., his terror and his joy are one." - Mark Bowden 03/02/2003 Kirkus Reviews
"Extraordinary--full of insights into the minds and rucksacks of our latter-day warriors." 12/15/2004 New York Times
"[Swofford] has found...a narrative voice that accommodates both parts of his temperament: an irreverent but meditative voice that captures both the juiced-up machismo of jarhead culture and the existential loneliness of combat. He can be unsparingly candid about the ugly emotions released by war...and Mr. Swofford admits to feeling blood lust, afraid he won't get a kill before war ends. But he is also eloquent about the terrible physical and psychological costs of combat and the emotional bonds shared by soldiers....Mr. Swofford conveys a chilling sense of what it is like to be under enemy fire, and he also communicates a palpable sense of the fog of war: the chaos of fighting in a desert landscape offering little cover, where the hazards of friendly fire are nearly as great as the danger of being hit by the enemy...." - Michiko Kakutani 02/19/2003