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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 02:16 PM
Anybody else read this book? I know there was a mini-series made, which I have yet to see, but I just finished the book the other day. I highly recommend it. Great insight into the Iraq war that I don't think most people (outside of soldiers who've served there) would normally have access to. I'd be interested to hear what others think about it.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 03:00 PM
Maybe I could borrow it from you and I can start a library at my house of books I have borrowed from you and never returned.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 03:04 PM
I thought the mini-series was good.

as was "Jarhead", about Desert Storm.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 03:15 PM
I read it. It was real good. Incidentally, the Marine Corps also said it was a good portayal. I actually know a few people personally in that book, so it was pretty cool for me to read about some of the folks.

You should check out Nathan Ficke's book too, One Bullet Away, The Making of a Marine Officer. I believe Ficke is in Generation Kill.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 03:18 PM
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I read it. It was real good. Incidentally, the Marine Corps also said it was a good portayal. I actually know a few people personally in that book, so it was pretty cool for me to read about some of the folks.

You should check out Nathan Ficke's book too, One Bullet Away, The Making of a Marine Officer. I believe Ficke is in Generation Kill.
He is. He's the Lt. I had a feeling you had read this.

It was recommended to me by a former Marine, who loved it, so I figured it had some substance. I wasn't disappointed.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 03:53 PM
I saw a part of one of the episodes, and thought it was pretty good. For some reason though, once I read a book like Generation Kill, the movie/series never does it for me. I read Flags of Our Fathers, and I have no desire to see that movie. I thought the book was so amazing that I don't want the movie to tarnish it for me.

Brendan, if you like reading about some of the Iraq war I would also recommend The Gift of Valor. Its about Corporal Dunham, USMC. He was awarded the CMH post-humously for diving on a grenade which saved several of his fellow Marines. My good friend, Lt. McManus (received Bronze Star with Combat V), is in the book as he did the medivac on Dunham. I think it provides great insight into the regular American that fights this war. I also think it gives great insight into the Marine Corps warrior ethos and the Marine Corps family in general. I always found the insitution of the Marine Corps to be somewhat of a paradox. In general, its a group of warriors who you probably don't want to see coming to your shores if you harmed this country, and on the other hand, they are some of the most compassionate people out there.

One other recommendation if you are interested in books about combat. With The Old Breed, by Sledge is one of the most horrifying, unromantic accounts of war from an 18 year old front line mortarman with the USMC on Pelilu and Okinawa. It is Sledge's memoir and it is harrowing to say the least. He kept notes and hid them in his Bible during the fighting. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that Ken Burns references him in his recent documentary The War on PBS.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 04:25 PM
Thanks for the recommendations, Jim. I will check them out.

Another great book, which is sometimes hard to find, is The Forgotten Soldier. Written by a young man who joined the Nazi Infantry. Unbelievable book. Harrowing.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 04:29 PM
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Maybe I could borrow it from you and I can start a library at my house of books I have borrowed from you and never returned.
Better yet, pass them along to someone else. Books are to be shared.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 07:10 PM
Read the book and watched the series. It was well done. It brought back some pleasant memories(such as they are) of the way you keep each other alive and sane. As the saying goes 'America hasn't gone to war , the USMC has gone to war....America went to the mall."

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 07:13 PM
Read the book and watched the series. It was well done. It brought back some pleasant memories(such as they are) of the way you keep each other alive and sane. As the saying goes 'America hasn't gone to war , the USMC has gone to war....America went to the mall."

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 07:58 PM
I always found the insitution of the Marine Corps to be somewhat of a paradox. In general, its a group of warriors who you probably don't want to see coming to your shores if you harmed this country, and on the other hand, they are some of the most compassionate people out there


In what way did Iraq, Nicaragua, Panama, Lebanon, Vietnam or Labia harm this country?

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 09:07 PM
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One other recommendation if you are interested in books about combat. With The Old Breed, by Sledge is one of the most horrifying, unromantic accounts of war from an 18 year old front line mortarman with the USMC on Pelilu and Okinawa. It is Sledge's memoir and it is harrowing to say the least. He kept notes and hid them in his Bible during the fighting. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that Ken Burns references him in his recent documentary The War on PBS.



Good miniseries, GREAT book

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 10:03 PM
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I always found the insitution of the Marine Corps to be somewhat of a paradox. In general, its a group of warriors who you probably don't want to see coming to your shores if you harmed this country, and on the other hand, they are some of the most compassionate people out there


In what way did Iraq, Nicaragua, Panama, Lebanon, Vietnam or Lybia harm this country?


Still waiting for an answer.

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 10:43 PM
I'm in the middle of reading it right now and so far it's very good!

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 08:09 AM
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In what way did Iraq, Nicaragua, Panama, Lebanon, Vietnam or Labia harm this country?


I didn't know they fought so hard against women's genetalia on a regular basis.

 
 


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