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Posted April 19, 2012
Interesting but not as good as it had the potential to be
I looked forward to this book with great anticipation and while it is a good book it had the potential to be great. I am looking forward to the author's next book and to watching him move from good to great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2012
Remarkable Story of One Young Man's Life
i read Busch's article in the Daily Beast about the murders of the Afgans by a young soldier and expected this book to be pretty much about the authors experiences in the Marines. far from it. it was really a journey from his young childhood to the present. and it was a very interesting journey. i hate giving plotlines away, especially when the book has been described by the publisher, so suffice it to say this is a very interesting and very easy read and i highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2012
The book featured a circular path for the narrative. He begins w
The book featured a circular path for the narrative. He begins with his childhood, flashes forward to tell an anecdote about college, then back to his childhood, forward to something about the Marine Corps, back to his childhood, forward to a war time anecdote. As a child he was sort of a loner, wandering around doing s**t, wanting to be a warrior. There seemed to be a lot more about his childhood that really wasn't all that useful in seeing how it formed the warrior. All young boys wander around doing s**t, and playing war. We all dug forts and defended them against invaders. His childhood was about as mundane as 90% of us except for his famous father who doesn't seem to have been a big influence in his life.
I would have rather seen a single chapter showing what a mundane childhood he actually had to end up a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, an actor and all the rest. And more time on his formative wartime experiences. All in all a disappointing and unfulfilling read for me. I was barely able to slog through it at times.
There are far too many better books about the experience, not the least of which is Sebastian Junger's book, 'War'.
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