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Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

by Anthony Swofford - £7.99  Simon & Schuster Ltd (Scribner) (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780743275378 | ISBN 10: 0743275373

Anthony Swofford's grandfather fought in WWII; his father fought in Vietnam; and he - a directionless, testosterone-battered teenager - became a scout/sniper in the marines and fought in the Gulf War. His account of that time is also part of a lineage - after Wilfred Owen, Norman Mailer, Michael Herr and Tim O'Brien, it brings the raw and searing tradition of soldiers' stories up to date.
 
A harrowing yet inspiring portrait of a tormented consciousness struggling for reconciliation and peace, Jarhead is authentic, revelatory and brilliantly crafted.

"Remarkable. A scathingly honest and bleakly powerful book. A hugely disturbing insight into the minds of the very young men who long to go to war"
William Boyd

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