AN Angel From Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines

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Penguin, Apr 6, 2010 - History - 464 pages
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An edgy, gripping report from the front lines by a young veteran and cast member of The Real World: Brooklyn

Ryan Conklin enlisted in the Army at age seventeen, following 9/11, and joined Angel Company. As a turret gunner with the famed 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles," and a member of the famed "Rakkasans" regiment-the most decorated regiment in the U.S. Army-he endured hellish conditions in the war-torn city of Tikrit, Iraq.

When he returned to the States, he became a cast member on The Real World: Brooklyn in 2008. That came to an end when he received his notice recalling him to duty.

An Angel from Hell is a gritty, blunt, and laugh­out-loud funny war memoir from the grunt's perspective. Conklin reveals what the Iraq war is really like, day to day-the misery, the boredom, the absurdity, the horror, and even the moments of grace. With stunning candor and wisdom beyond his years, Ryan Conklin has documented a complex and unavoidably life-changing experience for his generation.
 

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

I appreciate the frank analysis of the everyday life in Iraq as a infantry man and Ryan's common sense approach to dealing with the stress. Ryan did a nice job with the book by making it interesting ... Read full review

Very Engaging Book By American Soldier In Iraq

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Author Ryan A. Conklin's book An Angel From Hell is a personal narrative of his experience as a soldier during the course of a one year deployment to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Drivers Licenseto Kill
BaghdadIraq Fob UnionIII On Guard
Exploring Tikrit Bringing in the New Year
Escalation of Force
A MansBestFriend Meltdown
The Reality ofWar Final Salute All DayLong The Suck
Stop Stop Stop
Human AlarmClock and Chai
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Ryan A. Conklin is a US Army veteran, former reality-show star, author, and lecturer. He was born in Michigan and grew up in Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania. He joined the US Army after the events of 9/11, and spent more than three years as an infantryman in the 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans), part of the 101st Airborne Division. In 2009, he became a cast member of the MTV reality series The Real World: Brooklyn, during which he was recalled to active duty in Iraq and eventually promoted to the rank of seargent. He chronicled his military service in his 2010 memoir, An Angel from Hell—which detailed his first deployment from 2003–2006—and again in the 2009 documentary The Real World Presents: Return to Duty, which portrayed his second tour of duty. When not traveling across the country as a speaker to college students, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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