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Baghdad Express: A Gulf War Memoir
Baghdad Express A Gulf War Memoir
Author: Joel Turnipseed
ISBN-13: 9780142001530
ISBN-10: 0142001538
Publication Date: 10/28/2003
Pages: 208
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Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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"In early summer of 1990, Joel Turnipseed was homeless - kicked out of his college's philosophy program, dumped by his girlfriend. He had been AWOL from his Marine Corps Reserve unit for more than three months, spending his days hanging out in coffee shops reading Plato and Thoreau." "Then Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait." "Turnipseed's unit was activated for service in Operation Desert Shield. By January of 1991, he was in Saudi Arabia driving tractor-trailers for the Sixth Motor Transport Battalion - the legendary "Baghdad Express." The greatest logistical operation in Marine Corps history, the Baghdad Express hauled truckloads of explosives and ammunition across hundreds of miles of desert. Armed with an M-16 and a seabag full of philosophy books, he is a wise-ass misfit, an ironic observer with a keen eye for vivid detail, a rebellious Marine alive to the moral ambiguity of his life and his situation." This innovative memoir - simultaneously terrifying and hilarious, equal parts Catch-22 and Catcher in the Rye - explores both the absurdities of war and the necessity of accepting our flawed world of shadows. With expansive humanity and profane grace, Turnipseed finds the real-world answers to his philosophical questions and reaches the hardest peace for any young man to achieve - with himself.