Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A witty, profane, down-in-the-sand account of the Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines. Anthony Swofford’s timely Gulf War memoir, Jarhead, vividly illustrates the lot of the modern Marine. Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines — or.

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The scene that left the biggest impression on me was when he walked into a circle of dead Iraqi soldiers and sat with them.

The grunt dies for nothing, for fifteen thousand poorly placed rounds; the sniper dies for that one perfect shot. Raised on Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, which the recruits watch over and over before they leave for the combat zone, Swofford mouths the values of the Jarhead, as if reading the script: A book that has been a literary triumph for the author.

So, I don’t know about this book. This movie is a bit long, but so are most War films. You get a broad spectrum of the kinds of men that go to war, what they left behind, and how it effects them when they return. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat I am really not understanding if the Marine Corp was always this way and I just didn’t understand that. Along with his colorful portrait of life in the Marine Corps, Swofford recounts his own participation in and understanding of the first Gulf War, an interesting inside portrait of a quick victory to reclaim valuable oil fields.

Use the HTML below. As a side note, it was quite interesting to get up close and personal with the introduction of the very first Barrett sniper rifles as they were released in a small number to all branches of the military, SF, SEAL, Sniper teams etc before the Gulf war officially kicked off.

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At no point can it be said that this book glorifies the war or the reasons the troops wsofford sent snthony in the first place. Swoff’s Sister Dendrie Taylor Grim as the Saudi desert may be, it is not the Somme, nor the jungles of Vietnam, and the range of the sniper’s emotions tends to run from self-aggrandisement to self-despair.


Obviously if you have chosen to read this book in a sand pit, a gas station or a microwave then you may disregard this last statement. This has nothing to do with ewofford 1st gulf war. Before he ever sswofford for Iraq he says, anthoy Filmic images of death and carnage are pornography for the military man Branded Marine Brian Geraghty I never understood what was going through a man’s head to want to kill.

Knowing this memoir’s outline before reading it will allow the reader to appreciate what it is they are reading instead of always anticipating the soldiers fighting, as I did. My favorite war book is Flags of Our Fathers, but that was written by the son of a soldier, not the soldier himself. Jun 16, Greg rated anthnoy did not like it. I’ve read a lot of WW1 memoirs, and it struck me this would be a good book to take out there – that we all owe it to modern soldiers to learn something o I first heard of this book when I listened to Anthony Swofford guesting on Libby Purves’ BBC Radio 4 programme Midweek.

Sign up and get a free eBook! Interview with Anthony Swofford”. The portrait Swofford builds, of himself and his fellow platoonmates, is one of great skill coupled with often senseless violence: Aug 07, Paul E.

Mar 24, Jessie added it. Read the book same goes. They need such comfort and the soldier who started it made all his comrades felt better by just a simple act of hugging. Alan Troy Jamie Foxx Anthony Swofford writes the truth about what he feels, so his books will be informational to me, regardless of whether or not I agree about his imagery of the average Marine.

That is a testament to the way most of the military operates today.

Obviously if you have chosen to read this Ahoy. The depiction of how the Marine Corps breaks young men down until there’s hardly any of their original personalities left and then rebuilds them into killers is truly horrifying.

First Gulf War, as the first major war fought after the end of the Cold War, is an operation, not a war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he’s finished with the rifle. What undermines these comparisons is not so much Swofford’s testosterone-injected writing, even though it lacks the free-spirited precision of, say, Herr’s Dispatches, but rather his distance from the conflict.


Open Preview See a Problem? Swofford committed himself to writing inat the age of 24, [3] [5] and built on the encouragement he received at college to write Jarheadwhich documents his time spent in the Gulf. Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative.

A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U. First, the word “jarhead” must appear a million times in the book. At least it was a quick read.

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A very valuable insight into the mind of a Marine and the effects war has on the men and women sent into such situations. The drill instructor in basic screams in his ear “faggot, addict, cum-sucker, bitchmaster, dickskinner, dickfuck, fuckforbrains, no pecker, and lilywhitebitch”; pornography is rampant, going to bars and “screwing whores” seems like a goal most of the Marines have, drinking is worse than in a frat house, the dead enemies are desecrated and stolen from, the leadership is not trusted nor trus I don’t know.

Marinebest known for his book Jarheadbased heavily on his accounts of various situations encountered in the Persian Gulf War. Comparable to Beaufort and Pumpkinflower, which is the highest praise I can give a book of this genre.

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

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Swofford was born on August 12,in Fairfield, Californiainto a military family. After leaving the U. A very candid and open account of life during the first Gulf war. Was this review helpful to you? We get it, Swofford.