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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

What really went down!

Generation Kill is a daunting and eye opening account of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I as well as most people in America I'm sure, thought of the invasion to be an easy sweep across the desert country. It was compared to other military invasions, but when you get do...
Generation Kill is a daunting and eye opening account of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I as well as most people in America I'm sure, thought of the invasion to be an easy sweep across the desert country. It was compared to other military invasions, but when you get down to the nitty gritty of it and experience what the individual soldiers experienced you see just how special these men and women are. This book details the atrocities a group of special marines had to go through on their way to Baghdad. The buildup of the characters in important in portraying the events as real. You don't want to see them get hurt. You want to relate to them or put yourselves in their shoes. I have never seen the HBO series, but I don't need to. This book does enough to illustrate the strong will of these men and what it took to take over Iraq and occupy it. A good read would be an understatement.

posted by Raven_Nevermore2004 on November 4, 2009

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Generation Trick

Searing? Powerful? New face of American War? Hardly. Any combat veteran will tell you these are the musings and voices of any and all young combat troops of any era. The bluster, bravado and complaining are part of the mental process of dealing with fear of the unk...
Searing? Powerful? New face of American War? Hardly. Any combat veteran will tell you these are the musings and voices of any and all young combat troops of any era. The bluster, bravado and complaining are part of the mental process of dealing with fear of the unknown. What the author has done at almost the smallest tactical unit level is record that process having been unwittingly duped by an effort reminiscent of the classic movie 'The Sting.' What young Marine would not want his banal and purposely provacative boasting recorded by an eager battle neophyte who thinks he has uncovered a 'Deep Throat-like' revelation. He was like putty in their hands. For example, his continual reference to the men belittling their battalion commander's adherence to grooming standards is made to sound as if there were nearly a mutiny over the issue. In reality this is part of military discipline and always a source much amusing banter and speculation of how long it will be before the Gunny makes you shave. This book was written like the genre of VietNam War era experiences books of dubious validity. A very narrow focus with a continual hackneyed denegration of leaders. Not destined to be a classic of the period. Merely amusing.

posted by Anonymous on July 10, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    Totally negative account of the war

    Never read one positive thing about Wright's coverage of the war in this book. All was negative, commanders incompetant, marines a bunch of misfits. I think Wright took too much 'creative license' in his coverage.

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