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Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain…
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Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of… (original: 2004; edição: 2005)

de Evan Wright (Autor)

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They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears-soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.… (mais)
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Título:Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
Autores:Evan Wright (Autor)
Informação:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2005), Edition: Reprint, 354 pages
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This book was solid. It reminded me of some Marine Corps terminology that I'm no longer used to using. For some reason, when civilians ask me what kinds of things we shout at each other for motivation, I remember only "Kill" and not "Get Some"---this despite their equal importance in the Marine lexicon. I thought the description of Captain America would have warranted the description "shit bag" as an unaffectionate term we used to describe the incompetent, but maybe that was just peculiar to my unit [This might seem like a harsh judgment from an outsider, despite being an outsider who was also in the Marines. I promise that if I were to have been in war, there's a high chance I would also have been a shit bag. But just as a matter of luck, I served my time in the States and no one had to suffer under my POG leadership.]

I never deployed, but I do remember from training exercises when we would constantly have to move our bivouac sites or the antenna farm or whatever it is, several times, because of whatever reason that wasn't properly explained to us. Good memories.

The writing did its job but it wasn't extraordinary, which is probably why this book received a lukewarm though positive review. It was plain and plain can be good. But the glimpse of Espera's writing in Chapter 32 led me to believe that that guy could really write his butt off. ( )
  tonberrysc | Aug 20, 2021 |
Generation Kill was my favorite movie/tv series (miniseries, somewhere in between) about the Iraq War (specifically the invasion phase). The journalist who rode with the Recon Marines during a high-speed, light force assault deep into Iraq was himself quite brave, and did an excellent job both winning the trust of the Marines and accurately documenting what it was like for them. It was particularly interesting that he was able to clearly describe the various personalities within the unit and how they interacted in a stressful situation, rather than just focusing on the facts and figures of the invasion.

I'd probably slightly prefer the miniseries to the book, but both are very good. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
As a Marine who served in Desert Storm, I appreciated the candid look at this Marine unit which included all the good, bad and ugly. You can read the history about what happened, but this book gives an inside look at the Marines who made the history. Semper Fi. ( )
  TBatalias | Feb 22, 2020 |
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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They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears-soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.

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