No Joy: A Recon Marine's Tales of (Self) Destruction

No Joy: A Recon Marine's Tales of (Self) Destruction

by David Rose


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"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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945572494
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 786,992
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 Province—the 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

Introduction 9

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

B.A.H. 123

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

E&E 194

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

[Untitled] 256

Author's Note 263

Glossary 265

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