They were a new breed of American warriors 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.
©2008 Evan Wright; (P)2008 Tantor
This is the first account I've read that was written by a reporter and I have to say it's a strikingly different experience than those written by troops. Most of it is devoted to the life and death decisions guys have to make out there and he's very good about laying out the facts and letting you consider it rather than injecting his own opinions into peoples' actions. There are a lot of characters and he does a good job of making sure that they are all fleshed out. The point of this book seemed to be as much about getting you acquainted with the Marines' tasks and hardships in overthrowing Saddam as it was getting you acquainted with exactly who we sent over there to do it. Once you get past the narration it's really a good book.
My only complaint was the narration which ranged from poor to absurd. The first half of it is SO over-articulated that it can be tortuous at times. For whatever reason he feels the need to make sure you don't miss a transition from one syllable to the next by punctuating the move from one to the next with drastic tone shifts and at times it's like he's just crisply sounding out every word. It's hard to describe but it's very unnatural and it ruins the flow of the book almost as much his complete lack of ability to decipher sarcasm and dry humor. Fortunately as the book progresses it becomes a bit more tolerable as he tones it down a little. The narrator also does a lot of accents but they all come out decidedly Mexican sounding, especially the two Filipinos. I'll be watching out for this narrator in the future.
Here is the truth America my name is joey Willhoyt. This is the truth of war. I know this because I was there I served with 1 battalion Marines in Fallujah as well as 2nd battalion in Al qauim. I live with a story very similar to this in my mind every day. America wants to pat us on the back and say good job and then turn there back on all of it and forget. I wish that I could forget I know I volunteered for the Corps but not for what we did to those people. Why do you think the suicide rate is so high in the Corps now. I put a bullet in my chest I don't now why I'm still here I used a 30-06 missed my heart by a mm I wish I had missed some inoccent people over there too! If you didn't like it read ciderella there are no happy endings in war.
read it years ago, audio book is just as good. best interpretation of what military life is like, with the brotherhood, hazing, hardship and lifestyle we all hate but love. best job I ever had
Exciting, Insightful, Intense
The insight into what "really" happens in war. Indiscriminate killings, mistakes, errors of the military, political struggle, etc. Fascinating insight.
Great narration! I almost didn't get this book because of all the negative comments on narration. This guy is AMAZING. Never once does he stutter in 15 hours. His voice goes up and down and he does an amazing job acting out all the different characters. This guy is a pro. One of the best narrated audio books I've ever listened to.
No ... it's too long. That would be impossible.
Do not let the narration haters sway you from this book. The guy does a great job. The story is fantastic and exciting. Really gives you an idea of how jacked up war really is.
Very interesting and very sobering. From a Jarhead's perspective, this book is perfect. You should definitely buy it.
This book, while set upon the backdrop of war, is much more than just an account of First Recon's run into Bagdad: It is the story of the soldiers in First Recon. Their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future. You really feel like you come to know the individual marines.
Recommended as highly as possible!
I feel it was written with a lack of political bias either way. The book was neither for or against the Iraq war but rather account the events as they happened.
I don't know that I've ever read a military account as honest as Generation Kill
The reader did a great job.
It was a very honest account of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Marine Corps, and America's military in general.
The book was assembled and written very well. The story flowed and didn't get lost in "had to be there accounts of military movements" or politics.
I would strongly urge anyone considering military service to read Generation Kill.
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