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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1St Edition edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062288415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062288417
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Johnson led the [Iraq] invasion, taking part in the war’s first engagement, cutting a large and bloody swath through the country. ... An aggressive, unapologetic account of one man’s brutal war. ... Readers will be impressed with Johnson’s undoubted courage and sacrifice.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Dillard "C. J." Johnson, U.S. Army (Ret.), earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals, and numerous other awards during his twenty years of service. He has appeared on Fox News, Good Morning America, and the cover of Soldier of Fortune magazine. Born and raised in rural Kentucky, he lives in Florida with his wife and family.



James Tarr is a contributing editor for both Handguns and Rifle Shooter magazines. A former police officer and nationally ranked competitive shooter, Tarr worked as a private investigator for seventeen years.

Customer Reviews

I wish I could rate this book of fairy tales lower than 1 star.
Kip Keziah
You want to read something ask these guys what happened over there and not someone who just marketed the war.
linrod21
This is a book that should not be labeled as memoirs, this is a fictional fairy tale.
CavTrooper

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284 of 301 people found the following review helpful By Sgt Rusch on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
For a short time Dillard "dirty J" Johnson was my platoon sergeant. He is the example of what an NCO should NOT be. He demoralized soldiers and micromanaged NCO's. Later he was removed from A Troop and sent to C Troop, for being demoted in Advanced NonCommissioned Officer Course for refusing to remove a Combat Infantry Badge he never earned. The moment he returned from the invasion in Iraq he started selling his outrageous stories to Soldier of Fortune. Most soldiers were annoyed and let it pass. But this is above reprehensible passing off bloated numbers and straight up lies historical fact. I find it sad that the publisher made zero attempt to question other involved soldiers about the accuracy of these outlandish claims.
Even as he retired from the military he returned to Iraq as a contractor. If you search the internet you will see he had not changed. He was a brown-noser and a liar.This book is a disgrace to all the troopers of 3/7 Cavalry that fought in this war.Furthermore, claiming to take up sniping and his fictional sniper kills and to compare himself to Chris Kyle is an abomination. Please be forewarned and know that if you purchase this book you might as well spit in all of our faces.
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318 of 340 people found the following review helpful By Fiddler'sTank on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I served in C Trp 3/7 Cav from 2000-2006. The entire span of this memoir. Don't buy this book. It is a total work of fiction. The stories are insanely inaccurate and embarrassing to those of us who were there. Right off from the Bosnia chapter it was off. This is nothing but self glorifying trash. Real heroes don't boast or brag about 2000 plus kills (which is false). Think about it. As Soldiers, we value honor and integrity. This book strips the author of both for a profit. I am ashamed to have been a part of any story in this book.
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202 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Mike on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This guy was denied a job because they found out he had falsified information on his DD-214 (military records), do not buy this book. Everyone that knows him calls him a pathological liar.
-Infantry Combat Veteran, E-5, 2 purple hearts, OIF 2004-2005
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131 of 143 people found the following review helpful By jeff on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I had the extreme misfortune to work with ol' "Crazy Johnson" (yes, that's what he calls himself) and was happy to see him go from that contract. He was the epitome of "Ef up, move up" and ruled his team with an iron fist most of the time but cried to management when guys were mean to him. Any "manager" that has loyalty checks where they tell their team that other team has slots open and then slams the guys that raise their hand creating a hostile work environment more than Baghdad was already is a turd. I won't wast the money or time reading this huge steaming pile of ...... and I recommend the rest of you simply google this guy, read his stories in Soldier of Fortune (yep) and call it a day.
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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful By David Kleemann on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This guy is claiming to have killed more than his entire battalion killed throughout the whole campaign... That right there should raise the BS flag. Additionally, he was kicked out of a military leadership school because he was wearing medals he was not awarded, not even authorized to wear. In much the same way a military vet can immediately spot things not correct in a movie because the "feel" of it isn't right, we can spot numerous deficiencies in his stories.

And here is hopefully the silver lining in it all. He claims to have been awarded 4 Purple Hearts but no record of any of them exists. And since he using that in part to sell books for monetary gain, the Stolen Valor Act can be used to prosecute this liar and disgrace to the uniform.

2x OIF Vet
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206 of 229 people found the following review helpful By Johnson is a FRAUD on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I wish I could give this ZERO stars. This book is lies. There is no way one man killed 2,746 people It was chaos during the invasion and no one had time to count bullets OR bodies. This man is a fraud and he's only trying to make a buck. I served with this PS from 2003-2006. He is a liar and everyone that served with him knows it too. He was also kicked out of the Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Academy and returned to home station for wearing medals he did not earn. Don't put a dime in this guy's pocket!
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172 of 191 people found the following review helpful By CavTrooper on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that should not be labeled as memoirs, this is a fictional fairy tale. I served in Crazy Horse 3-7 Cav, 1st platoon from 2002 to 2006, including both tours with "CJ" While we, as a unit, and even CJ himself, did some amazing and commendable things, if you believe he killed that many people you are fooling yourself. This man was not a sniper, and he didnt ever kill anyone with a sniper rifle. Dont give this Fraud any of your money.....

oh, and I thought purple hearts were supposed to be from enemy fire, not from shooting a 40mm HE 203 round at a metal door and getting some of the blow back...just sayin...
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135 of 151 people found the following review helpful By AirBorneScout on June 25, 2013
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If you like fiction than this is the book for you. This man has dishonored himself and the 3rd Squadron 7th US Cavalry with his lies. He is a narcissistic pathological liar. If you dont belive me, go to the 3rd Squadron 7th US Cavalry Facebook group page. I was in 3-7 for both combat deployments. See what the Soldiers who served with Dillard Johnson think of CRAZY J
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