Synopses & Reviews
Now a Major Motion Picture from Universal Pictures
New York Times bestselling author 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 first 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. And 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.
War journalist and author of Triage and The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Fred Cuny
Swofford's Jarhead is not just the finest memoir to emerge from Operation Desert Storm but one of the most honest and compelling accounts of men at arms in a generation. With a keen eye and biting wit, Swofford has rendered the true face of the battlefield -- what it looks and sounds and tastes like -- as only one who has been there can. In an age when politicians are again talking about good and just wars, Jarhead should be required reading for all those who would believe them.
Author of No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home
Jarhead tells us why boys go to war and how they return as men, told by someone who truly knows the perils of battle -- a decorated veteran of the Gulf War. Anthony Swofford's courageous and lyric prose is matched by a searing personal honesty that will break your heart with its compassion. He reveals the inner life of a marine from boot camp to bombardment, to victory and peace. Like all great memoirs of war, humanity is at stake instead of politics. Anthony Swofford entered his adult life as a warrior, but has emerged as an artist of the highest order. This book is a great achievement. Everyone should read it.
A Marine who served during Desert Storm shares his experience in this raw "New York Times" bestselling memoir, now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures, directed by Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") and starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford. Unabridged. 8 CDs.