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Jarhead a Soldiers Story of Modern Warby Anthony Swofford
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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 the West, many have become convinced that it is possible to fight a war largely without casualties. Swofford's brutally honest account of life as a marine ('jarhead') in the Gulf War shows that every human being trained to kill another is a casualty.
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