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In search of adventure, Buzzell joined the army and got sent to Iraq. First stationed in the ultra-dangerous Sunni Triangle, he quickly mastered how to use the M240 Bravo machine gun: "Just get behind that muthafucka and just fire it." His fellow soldiers, mostly hip-hop fans or headbanging metal-heads like him, killed time watching porn on mini-portable DVD players or listening to Metallica on their iPods while on patrol. Long boring spells were interrupted by wild fits of confusing action. On one of Buzzell's first missions, two platoons fired thousands of rounds at near point-blank range at an unarmed Iraqi civilian. Amazingly, he survived. Out of boredom, Buzzell started a blog, one of the first by an ordinary "Joe" grunt in Iraq. It became a media sensation and got Buzzell in trouble with the REMFs ("Rear Echelon Mutha Fuckers") because of his less-than-glamorous portrayal of the war and his superiors, whom he accuses of constantly lying to the public and the soldiers under their command. My War may be disappointing to readers looking for deeper introspections on the moral questions behind the war, but it is a pretty convincing case against the claim that everything in Iraq is going fine. --Alex Roslin
this guy is somewhere on my own family tree and i'm just so proud to share a name with him. i'm a writer too so you have to wonder about gene pools and a propensity for spinning... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Penny B Rhomberg
My War: Killing time in Iraq is a raw and gripping story from the point of view of Colby Buzzell and his role in the American occupation of Iraq while serving in the Stryker... Read morePublished 4 months ago by EvilAdam
An excellent book... I read Killing Time as part of my preparations to write a trilogy about a near future post apocalyptic future in which Stryker vehicles play an important... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William C. Dietz
I read it to gain more of an understanding of how my boyfriend had been affected by his time deployed in Afghanistan, and while I'll never fully understand, this book has really... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent honest book that does loads to destroy both the " baby killer" lobby and also the " Operation Freedom " fantasyPublished 24 months ago by NIKOS