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Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq Paperback – Bargain Price, September 26, 2006
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“Profane, insightful, funny, exasperating, occasionally philosophical, usually down and dirty and a book to be remembered.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch )
“Exposes the tedium of war and the slow disillusionment of a veteran infantryman” (People )
“Often emotional, always full of vivid description and, above all, compelling.” (Charleston Post & Courier )
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His story sounds a lot like stories of other veterans. In fact I remember a book by a fellow named McBride from World War I. 'I didn't mind the war, but I hated the hell out of the Army.'
The book is a good mix of stories of the day to day life, going out into bad guy country, and the view from life at the bottom of the Army. I can certainly say that life in the Army hasn't changed much from my time in it (which was from before the author was born.
The web site contains a large collection of pictures.
Well written, very interesting. I'm not so sure what it all means, it's just part of a life of a soldier.
Hartley's blog posts are quite eloquently written, laced with a dark sense of humor that can only come from being raised as he was (similar to my upbringing--maybe I found his sense of humor so authentic because it falls in line with my own). His frank honesty, even that which may paint him in a negative light, is refreshing, a nice change of pace from the typical "see what a good person I am?" self-promoting attitudes that come from many autobiographies.
I will say that this is the best of the books I've read from soldiers of the Iraq War. It has the most to say by saying very little at all. It's the simple day-to-day tasks that drive much of Hartley's writing. It amounts to anyone else's blog about their workplace, except Hartley is facing life-or-death on a nearly constant basis. I highly recommend this book if you want an honest portrayal of one infantryman's experiences. Be warned though: Hartley's attitude reflects much of the video-game-generation's detachment. He can view even the most serious of tragedies in a comedic light. For example, he affixed a "I Heart Dead Civilians" sticker to his laptop. He enjoys the thrill of the fight, maybe if just for a thrill. It's a common personality trait of his generation (and mine).
Not to be missed if you can handle it. This is a must read for anyone wanting a peek at how soldiers are living out their tours in Iraq.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As another guy who served in Iraq in combat arms, I can say this is really great and true. I highly recommend it.Published 16 months ago by James
It seemed to end suddenly, but I did enjoy this book. I'll definitely be checking out the website now. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by S. C. Reising
ok why would I want to keep writing writing and writing while all I wanted to say is good. strange.Published on November 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
good communication on when item was shipped. Items were packaged well for safe delivery. Items were in excellent condition as mentioned. Very fast shipping tooPublished on February 4, 2010 by John R. Akin
This gives a view of an ordinary grunt's life fighting in Iraq. It meshes well with three other books I have bought and read on the conditions our soldiers have to endure in this... Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Sentinel
I haven't read the book as it is a gift for my son-in-law who is an Iraq War veteran-I will give it to him on Veterans Day.Published on October 23, 2009 by Margaret A. Conroy
I found this book an interesting view into what are troops are dealing with in Iraq. The ambiguity the author portrays about his feelings towards Iraqis and the war give it a... Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by George
As a mother of a soldier in Iraq, I wanted to know all I could about what might be happening to my son, as he never told me Anything, as they are supposed to do. Read morePublished on May 26, 2007 by Sylvia Spear
Mr. Hartley has given us a book of our times. He is literally on the ground of the World Trade Center after the planes hit and goes into Iraq with the invasion. Read morePublished on August 15, 2006 by Amazon Customer