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Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Generation Kill (original 2004; edition 2008)

by Evan Wright

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A narrative on the lives of twenty-three First Recon marines who led the attack on Iraq describes their training and the physical and psychological challenges they faced in skirmishes leading to the fall of Baghdad.
Title:Generation Kill
Authors:Evan Wright
Info:Berkley Publishing Group (2008), Paperback, 384 pages
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Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright (2004)



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I saw the television series first, and I thought it was brilliant. The book is of the same quality, though I missed the extra personality injected by seeing it enacted. Lots of nice additional details, but I think the biggest add-on came in the afterword, where the author reflects with incisive criticism on the book, its aftermath, its reactions, and the overall place/state of war in modern America. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
A real solid effort, written with a very straight forward approach, this book covers the very beginning of the second Iraq war. When one compares it to a book like The Good Soldiers, which details the "insurgent" war much later, the combat covered in this earlier time is almost child's play, which is not to say the book isn't full of critically dangerous situations. This book shows how mismanaged the war was from the very beginning, despite having the war fought by well-trained and dedicated military (in this case Marines). In fact it's a little amazing how quickly the Marines highlighted in this book recognized how unprepared the Bush Administration was for the occupation of Iraq. It should be added that one of the strengths of this book is the care the author puts into detailing the various personalities of the Marine unit in which he was imbedded. By doing so, he lets the situations speak for themselves without having to editorialize. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
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  ChrisPisarczyk | Mar 17, 2016 |
I think I did this backwards :) I saw the HBO miniseries Generation Kill based (often verbatim) on this book. Both the HBO series and this book are very well done. Thought provoking and not glossed up to make it either unrealistically pretty or unnecessarily gritty. You really get to know the men, their foibles and see some of the many frustrations the soldiers faced in the invasion. ( )
  mullgirl | Jun 8, 2015 |
non-fiction, war, 9-11, September 11, heroes
  farmingtonhslibrary | Sep 25, 2014 |
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To the warriors of Hitman-2 and Hitman-3: The strength of the Pack is the Wolf.
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It's another Iraqi town, nameless to the Marines racing down the main drag in Humvees, blowing it to pieces.
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