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Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
Jarhead A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
Author: Anthony Swofford
Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. — When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a snipe...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416513407
ISBN-10: 141651340X
Publication Date: 9/27/2005
Pages: 372
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 95 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Like the experience of war that Anthony Swofford describes, this book is thrilling, funny, messy, both well and poorly done, capable of insight as well as surprising lapses of judgement, fascinating, and ultimately anti-climactic.

It has many faults, but never was I disappointed to have been reading, and always I wanted to continue, so I could see what would happen.
Erinyes avatar reviewed Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles on + 279 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Anthony Swofford spares the reader nothing. I actually found myself cringing while reading this book.

I remember this war, this conflict, this whatever. I was glued 24/7 to CNN like the rest of the world. I really felt like I was 'supporting' the troops and the like. My dad was in Vietnam and I was absolutely militant about the troops. Any whiff that someone was less than enthused and I was like a rabid terrier. So while I was reading his account of the war, I was comparing in my head how I felt at the time with his actual experiences. In comparision, I was a real ass.

This book is a must read. Especially now. There are hundreds of thousands of Swoffords right now deployed. Read this book.
Silvercat avatar reviewed Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles on + 102 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is a raw book but a well-written first-hand chronicle of Swofford's time served in the Gulf War. It allowed me to see what really happens during war time...no glamour in it! Refreshing honesty...
reviewed Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles on + 209 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is a grungy account of the US Marine Corps as it really is, without all the flag waving and hero BS. Heros they may well be, but salty grunts is also what they are. This shows the Corps warts and all from the inside by a man who was there and lived it and in spite of himself - loved it.
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A compelling, honest memoir from a USMC scout/sniper. As is so often the case, the book really is MUCH better than the movie.
reviewed Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles on + 22 more book reviews
A stunningly candid account of a soldier's life in the first Gulf
War.
reviewed Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles on + 8 more book reviews
RAW AND REAL-NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.


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