My War: Kiling Time in Iraq

My War: Kiling Time in Iraq

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by Colby Buzzell
     
 

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An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead-end future for the army—and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq. To make sense of the absurd and frightening events surrounding him, he started writing a blog about the war—and how it differed from the government’s official version. But as his blog’s popularity grew,

Overview

An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead-end future for the army—and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq. To make sense of the absurd and frightening events surrounding him, he started writing a blog about the war—and how it differed from the government’s official version. But as his blog’s popularity grew, Buzzell became the embedded reporter the Army couldn’t control—despite its often hilarious efforts to do so.

The result is an extraordinary narrative, rich with unforgettable scenes: the Iraqi woman crying uncontrollably during a raid on her home; the soldier too afraid to fight; the troops chain-smoking in a guard tower and counting tracer rounds; the first, fierce firefight against the “men in black.” Drawing comparisons to everything from Charles Bukowski to Catch-22, My War depicts a generation caught in a complicated and dangerous world—and marks the debut of a raw, remarkable new voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101099049
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
154,867
File size:
326 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Before enlisting in the U.S. Army at age twenty-six, Colby Buzzell lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served over two years, including a year in Iraq.

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My War: Killing Time in Iraq 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son serving in Iraq. I flipped through it to see what it was about and could not put it down. This book details the life of our soldiers without the clouded media version. Any parent of a soldier or the soldiers themselves should read this book. Colby did not hold anything back and tells it like it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colby Buzzell's book was recommended to me by my history professor when I stated my interest in reading books about the Iraq War and I'm so glad it was recommended to me. I could not put the book down, Buzzell is a very talented author who conveyed his experience well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing story. You get to read about who Colby is and understand his struggles  with reading his point of view of various stuff that happens around him. If you have thoughts of joining the  military then pick up this book and read about it. It will help you see what it is like in Afghanistan, and prepare you for any stress related issues whether if its at boot camp, or your fellow comrades playing games with you. I give this book 5 stars. It's a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colby Buzzel; My War review Colby Buzzel, a slight alcoholic with a history of drug use with no where in particular to go, sitting around at the skate park or job hunting, he has next to nothing going on. He thus joins the military and his adventure begins over in Iraq he sees what life is like on the other side and experiences war for himself. All written as the truth. I loved this book because Colby writes it as he sees it, all in his own words. This includes his cursing as well as his views or opinion on things. He is a great writer making his story compelling. When I had finished the book I was annoyed that it wasn’t longer or that there wasn’t a whole lot more to read. He is dedicated to what he does and deserves what he has now. Anyone wanting a good read, the truth on the other side, a fellow opinion, or simply the fun of listening to an awesome writer and person, this is a great book for them. Another recommended book would be; Colby Buzzels; Lost in America, a Dead-End Journey. Also completely written in Colby’s voice, this is yet another amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.it is funny and yet a serious account of a love life type of guy. I walked into bn looking for a good book.and i found it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into B&N looking for a good book to read. I bought this book not knowning it was going to be one of the best books ive ever read. Soldiers like Colby make me proud to be an american. I loved how he said what he felt and said what he thought and didn't care what anyone else thinks. Im glad taht i bought this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Often gritty but true to life tale of teenager coming of age and trying to find one's self in the ranks of the US Army Infantry. A personal perspective that can be appreciated by anyone enlisted the short tales of deadend jobs to boot camp, to his first unit and off to Iraq are priceless and too often humorous as Buzzell trys to find enlightenment in many tragic and often frustrating days in the combat zone. A great read and definitely recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really shows you the war that occuring in Iraq right now better than any of these documentaries on it.i couldnt put this thing down until i was done with it . I recomend it to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
couldn't put this book down - really gives you a view of what it's really like for these young soldiers & marines in Iraq.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you read Colby Buzzell's book, it's just like you are there with him through all his experiences. It was so good that I had it read in just three days. He writes pretty much like the average guy talks - laced with profanity and all. That's why this book is so popular, because it is so down-to-earth. One guy and his story. But much of his experiences are just like ours. Drifting from one boring dead-end job to another for several years after high school, Buzzell surprises his parents (with whom he has lived off and on with during that time) by joining the army. If you've ever been in the military, then you will get a laugh out of his meeting with recruiters. Being a first-rate soldier is the first job he has ever taken seriously. He conscientiously reads his field manuals and learns how to be a gunner. After some quick training, his new experimental Stryker Brigade is deployed to Iraq. (The Stryker is an RPG/EID-resistant infantry combat vehicle that does indeed earn high praise from its users.) Buzzell then writes about his arrival in Kuwait, the drive up the highway of death to Baghdad, and then his unit deployment in Mosul. Most of the action takes place in Mosul, where his unit seems to drive around town trying to draw fire from insurgents. Some of his firefights are pretty intense - I couldn't put the book down then. This is real life, urban guerilla warfare - the kind of fighting most soldiers can expect to face in the future. He also talks with some of the local Iraqis and tries to get a feel for the actual situation of the civilians in Mosul. Apparently, the insurgents are often just angry, horny young muslim men trucked in from Iran and Syria looking to score their 70 virgins. All the while Buzzell is covertly writing and publishing his diary online under a pseudonym. But the word leaks out that he is the author and then the army decides to diplomatically but firmly clamp down on his online publishing activity. (Incidentally, I wonder that the military focuses so much effort on censorship instead of establishing a really effective secret police force to identify and detain the insurgents. I suppose they don't realize that many of the Iraqi officials are probably connected to the insurgents.) This is a great modern war diary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The content kept me turning pages. I am debating whether the book should have been polished up or left in its raw state. The flow felt like a car going from paved to bumpy dirty roads. There were moments that were genuinely funny that a non-medical reader would appreciate . And there are times where you really feel sad for a lot of people. I am glad to have read it, it was definitely a good read and recommend this to those who are interested in the military.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book a few weeks ago, great purchase ever.. I am persuing a career in the US Air Force, and my recruitor told me about this book, never heard of it in my life. he told me to read it and then decide if it's still what i wanted to do, i have yet to finish the book, i work 2 jobs so reading time is hard but ive read the majority of it and so far it's an outstanding book! i've had the opportunity of talking to Mr.Buzzell personally through e-mail and he's a great all around guy! i'd say buy the book! you wont regret it :) -Crystal
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colby Buzzell's book is the best book I have ever read. I couldn't put this book down and I would get yelled at for reading in class constantly (go figure). Seriously, I read it back to back twice and will probably go through it again, it's that awesome. Gives true first hand perspectives of everything our soldiers are facing and is packed with action!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gread read, helps understand Americas youth and what is really going on over there. As for the generation fighting, we thought we ruined them, they are great kids and great Americans. Reading this helped me answer a lot of questions and doubts about the war and the media. Good luck and a great big Thank You to Colby and the all the soldiers. SBCT Mom - Crookie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colby's book reached a place deep in my heart. He told of the human conflicts our men and women faced in the heat of the desert. I was able to see thru his words, the story my son, who is a soldier, could not share with me. The side the media may never understand. The book far surpassed the blog! I am waiting patiently for Colby's next book. CB rocks!