My War: Kiling Time in Iraq

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Penguin, Sep 5, 2006 - History - 368 pages
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An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead-end future for the army—and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq. To make sense of the absurd and frightening events surrounding him, he started writing a blog about the war—and how it differed from the government’s official version. But as his blog’s popularity grew, Buzzell became the embedded reporter the Army couldn’t control—despite its often hilarious efforts to do so.

The result is an extraordinary narrative, rich with unforgettable scenes: the Iraqi woman crying uncontrollably during a raid on her home; the soldier too afraid to fight; the troops chain-smoking in a guard tower and counting tracer rounds; the first, fierce firefight against the “men in black.” Drawing comparisons to everything from Charles Bukowski to Catch-22, My War depicts a generation caught in a complicated and dangerous world—and marks the debut of a raw, remarkable new voice.

  

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Excellent book about war, life as a slacker and how to write a military blog while fighting In Irak. Loved it ! Read full review

Review: My War: Killing Time in Iraq

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Excellent book about war, life as a slacker and how to write a military blog while fighting In Irak. Loved it ! Read full review

Contents

Help Wanted
San Francisco Daze
Tell It to the Marines
Mi Vida Loca
MommaTried
You Joined Because of Why??
Orders
Home Sweet Home
Abu Ghraib
The Dead Dont Talk
Dirty Laundry
Arabic 101
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War
Movement to Contact
The Writing on the Wall
Break from Reality

Vegas Baby Vegas
Welcome to Fort Lewis
One Strap Not Two Stupid
BCO 123
Geographical Bachelor
Welcome to Weapons Squad
Lessons Learned at JRTC
Joint Readiness Training Center
Dude They Killed Buzzell Again
Tied Down
Shughart Gordon
240 Creed
Shoot Em in the Face
Hurry Up and Wait
Dear Diary
Punish the Deserving
Im Worth a Quarter Million Dead
Hey Dad
Slosh Ball
Meat Tag
Were All Gonna Die
AntiHero
Dramatis Personae
Dear Mom and Dad Im Dead
Thanksgiving
Hell Is My Destination
Can We Go Home Now?
Light Him Up
Samarra Slaughterhouse
Merry Christmas
Attention toDetails
A Joe Blog
Volleyball Iraq
Mad Mortarmen Gone Wild Home Video
Dramatis Personae Mosul
Goof Troop
FUCK YOU MOSQUE
The Day After
The Bad Hands
My War Soundtrack
FOB Marez
Ballistic Shades
Unexploded Mortar Round
Dear Mom Having a Blast in Iraq
Bravo Victor 21
Bravo Victor 22
Bravo Victor 23
Bravo Victor 24
Sleepless in Mosul
Dear Mom and Dad
OP Abrams
Mail Call
Learning About Improvised Exploding Devices Is Fun
Sandbagging
Care Package
Money
Continue to Monitor the Situation Over
Heres What the Army Said
Lt Armeni
Becoming the Media
FOB Arrest
Over and Out
Everybody Knows
IQuit
Operation Black Typhoon
Leave
Dude Wheres My Weapon?
Can I Go Now?
First Class to Coach
Im a Hero Goddammit
Message from Jello Biafra
In Service of the Queen
Nice Scar
IEDs RPGs STDs
Interview with an Iraqi
Vote? As If
Hemingway?
I See Dead People
Ramadan
Dont Do It
Lights Camera Catfish Air
Mortarritaville
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Colby Buzzell is the author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq and served as an infantryman in the United States Army during the Iraq War. Assigned to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team in 2003, Buzzell blogged from the front lines of Iraq as a replacement for his habitual journaling back in the states. In 2004 Buzzell was profiled in Esquire's "Best and Brightest" issue and has since contributed frequently to the magazine. The Washington Post referred to his article "Digging a Hole All the Way to America" as "A Tour de Force Travelogue," and his article "Down & Out In Fresno and San Francisco" was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2010. His work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and on This American Life. He currently lives in San Francisco, California, and has no plans whatsoever of staying there.

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