They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears-soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer.
Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.
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This is the best book ever and itunes should put the HBO series on so i can buy it
This book is excellent and worthy of all Five stars but I have to admit its best if you watch clips from the series so you can know the characters.
Awsome and motivating to someone who was there
I read this book while I myself was in Iraq in 2005. I was in a unit doing convoy protection, and was myself a Humvee driver. This book gave me motivation. Some of the struggles they went through gave me confidance because I knew if they could do it I could too. This is an awsome book and I recommend it highly, especially to any Iraqi freedom vets. We may not have liked having to do it, but we were ordered too.