My War: Kiling Time in Iraq

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Penguin, Sep 5, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 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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User Review  - Philogos - LibraryThing

Having picked up a used copy of this one from a charity stall, I hadn't intended to read it immediately but got sucked in and finished it ahead of the other two or three books I was half way though. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - PeterVanBuren - LibraryThing

One of many first-person accounts of the current War. These books have their place in presenting the raw material of history; unlike previous wars stretching back to ancient times, today’s war is ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Before enlisting in the U.S. Army at age twenty-six, Colby Buzzell lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served over two years, including a year in Iraq.

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