"Going to war was a finite window to touch the vanquished barbaric world modern reality has so woefully blighted out."
Joining the Marines in 2002, David Rose signed up to go fight ... and to go die. On this grim path, rather than finding a violent death, he would find family, purpose, and a brotherhood amid the misfit tribal world of the war fighter.
No Joy sees David recounting madcap tales of Muay Thai bouts in seedy garages, a bizarre stint as a street cop, being on the other side of the badge, becoming a veteran of the psych ward, and more. It's an irreverently told story that doesn’t just tell one man's tale, but speaks to the necessary question: What really draws modern young men to war?
|Publisher:||Rare Bird Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
David Rose was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002 to 2006, mostly as a Reconnaissance Man in 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion; under which deploying to Iraq in 2004. This era encompassed the first Democratic elections held in Iraq and the retaking of Fallujah. All this in the most violent battle space of the war, the Al Anbar Provincethe Triangle of Death.
He holds a Bachelor of Art in Business Administration from American Military University as well as a Master of Science in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Table of Contents
Stone Town at the End of the Rabbit Hole 11
Anomie on the Back Nine 25
Never Shall I Forget 32
Attack of the Treasure Trolls 38
Tony Preaching in My Dreams 46
Boot Night 51
Hearts and Minds 61
Fuck You, Pogs? 68
Myrtle Beach 76
Hospitals, Wards, and Jail Cells 88
The Snow-Bird 94
The Bridge Rep 105
Get the Fuck Back in the Barracks 112
Existentialist Nightmare and Writings from Iraq 117
Clean and Green VS. The Goth 133
Emails From the Al Anbar 139
Gave You Everything 149
Hedonism in Dubai 157
Worshipping the Gods of War and Wine 175
Barroom Encounters 189
On the Rivers of Babylon 202
Life of Pain 214
Belleau Wood 221
Why Go at All 232
Amphibious, and Something Else 241
There and Back Again 245
The Twenty-First Century and the Twenty-First-Century Veteran 250
Author's Note 263