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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 text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A natural storyteller with a story to tell, Colby Buzzell wrote a good book.
Not only does this book let you see Iraq from the best view possible - through the eyes of an infantry soldier - but it also isextremely well written.
Reading as a collection of thoughts one might leave in an online journal or something similar Colby really tells it like it is.
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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 9 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 14 months ago by NIKOS
A fast paced and well written account of one man's time in the Army during the Iraq war. Well written, fast paced and full of little tidbits and funny anecdotes about everyday Army... Read morePublished 17 months ago by W. Dunn
Having served in Nam, I have an interest in reading of other people's experiences in other wars, in my own. Read morePublished 19 months ago by swampknot
You can find this review as well as many more on my blog The Dancing Nerd Writes Again.
I read this book for my Literature and War... Read more