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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060843675
  • ASIN: B003A02YJM
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's not that the Army cared he had a blog, surmises Hartley in his candid tell-all about life as a National Guardsman in Iraq, it's that they objected to the blog's content. Had he blogged in vague terms about his battalion's missions, he may never have faced the threat of a court-martial. Instead, Hartley's blog entries are typical of the medium: honest, conversational, self-effacing, critical and loaded with references to pop culture that simultaneously flew over the heads of his commanders while hitting them square in the gut. Philosophical at points and scatological at others, Hartley makes no effort to romanticize soldier culture, or to validate any political viewpoint, and it's this absence of agenda that makes his memoir such an original, if frustrating, work. Readers will naturally look for a directive on what to think about America's ongoing military effort in Iraq, but Hartley offers no trite conclusions, defending Operation Iraqi Freedom almost as much as he mocks it. A soldier in a shapeless war, he elaborates on raids and missions and music and masturbation as though each is an equivalent aspect to the overall infantryman experience. The transition from blog to book is not entirely smooth, however, especially when Hartley describes the drama that unfolds when he and his superiors duke it out over his blog. It's not surprising that his blog landed him in hot water, nor is it as interesting as the acerbic ruminations on day-to-day events that, fortunately, make up the bulk of Hartley's arresting narrative.
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“This is, in Hartley’s words, ‘something honest and raw.’” (Deseret News )

“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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Justin R. Marshall on October 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was there with Jason... And he captures everything to a T. Reading the book I can laugh cause when he gets into things I remember I just start laughing cause to be being over there is mostly a blur and I'm so happy that he has captured it for all to read. Great Job Sgt. Hartley, I remember it took me a month to get the internet to work steady. It was like routing a 56k to 18 people but I got it done and you were able to get your site out there and work on this book while it was happing rather then trying to remember which the reason I think this book is is so truthful. Happy to go there and come home with you Sgt. Hartley, - Spec. Justin Marshall A Co. 2/108th INF
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on October 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This semi-diary format book about a soldier's year in Iraq provides an insight into what the average front line infantry goes through. It doesn't cover the big picture. It doesn't cover the issues that the news media talks about. It's what the rifle carrying soldier sees, does, thinks as he goes through is deployment.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lamb on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book because I wanted to read a first-hand account of what's going on in Iraq. If you are looking for a book full of combat and killing people, this book is not for you. There is combat and gunfire in the book, but it is much more than that. Hartley talks about things as trivial as getting lost in Humvees to difficult issues such as dealing with the death of a friend. The book is what you would expect from an infantryman but at the same time rather philosophical at times. A good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FargoUT on December 11, 2006
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Jason Christopher Hartley was raised in my own hometown of Murray, Utah. His story could have been mine, had I chosen to join the Army. What Hartley has is a sharp wit that transforms his work into something more than just a blog in book form. It is episodic, a mere compilation of his blog entries, but this helps recreate what it might feel like for a soldier. Battle is probably quite episodic itself.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Ellerman on October 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I say kudos to Jason Hartley for a very fine first book. One reviewer said that he doesn't know what it all means - it means only that here is an honest account of one soldier's experience in the combat environment that is today's Iraq. The author writes with candor and humor. The young Mr. Hartley writes in a way that explains what an infantry soldier's life is like on the ground. (Yes, where the work gets done, not what I would call the "bottom" of the army.) Additionally, he helps us to understand just how much our national guardsman are doing to help in this conflict. His website compliments the book with lots of great pictures. I enjoyed reading his accounts very much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By miss anomaly on January 7, 2006
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I started reading Jason's blog online, and then through emails when it was taken offline. I HAD to buy this book! From the signature style of writing to the photo journal, I wanted this for my collection. I contemplated printing all of it myself from the emails. Then he told us ('us' being from the mailing list) he was releasing the blog as a book!! Hartley has a magical way of telling a story. His unique style of writing gives the reader a peak into the life as an Infantry National Guardsman. He has a VIVID sense of humor and a remarkable way of painting a picture for the reader. Cut away the Hollywood glamor and flashing stars, Hartley has a true account, his personal perspective, of how he spent his time in Iraq. If you are looking for an honest first hand account of a day in the life of a deployed infantry solider (reserve, NG or active duty), this is the book for you!
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