My War

My War

Killing Time in Iraq

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
A raw, edgy, yet intimate new voice from the front lines in Iraq-the most authentic we have had yet from the war, heralding this generation's Catch-22.

Like many of his generation, Colby Buzzell was jumping from one dead-end job to another, a paycheck away from moving back home. He spent his time skateboarding and killing as many brain cells as humanly possible. Tired of the monotony, he found himself in front of an army recruiter. Within months he was in Iraq, a machine gunner in the controversial Stryker Brigade Combat Team, an army unit on the cutting edge of combat technology, and the first of its kind.

This is the startlingly honest story of a young man and a war. Trapped amid "guerilla warfare, urban-style" in Mosul, Iraq, Buzzell was struck by the bizarre, absurd, often frightening world surrounding him. He began writing an online web log describing the war-not as it was being reported by CNN or in briefings on Capitol Hill, but as he experienced it. The result is an extraordinary narrative, rich with unforgettable scenes: the fierce firefight in which the resistance came from "men in black"; chain-smoking in the guard tower, counting the tracer rounds fired over the city; the raid on an Iraqi home during which a woman couldn't stop screaming as her husband was being taken away; and the hesitation of a young soldier who had been passed around from platoon to platoon because he was too afraid to fight. As the popularity of his "blog" grew, Buzzell became the embedded reporter the army couldn't control despite its best-and often hilarious-efforts to do so.

My War is the debut of a fresh and remarkable voice, and it is already being compared to the classics of youth and combat Herr's Dispatches and Heller's Catch-22. But My War is much more than a war story; it is the story of a generation caught between the hyper-reality of a technological age and an ever more complicated and dangerous world.

Baker & Taylor
A U.S. Army soldier who served in Iraq as a member of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team recounts his experiences during a tour of duty in which he engaged in dangerous firefights and kept an online web log describing his war experiences.

Blackwell North Amer
Like many young men of his generation, Colby Buzzell was without a job, living at home with his parents. He spent his time hanging out at the skateboard park and drinking as much as humanly possible. Tired of the monotony and without any inspiring prospects, he decided, like his father before him, to join the Army. Within month he was in Iraq, hanging out of a Stryker vehicle, banging away with an M240 Bravo machine gun - and he found that he had something to say.
This is the startlingly honest story of a young man and war. Once he was deployed near Mosul with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Regiment, Buzzell toted heavy weaponry into "guerrilla warfare, urban style," and was struck by the absurd, often frightening world around him. He began writing a blog to make sense of his experience - and to make clear the ways in which it differed from what was being reported in the news and intelligence briefings from Washington, D.C.
The result is rich with unforgettable scenes: the raid on an Iraqi home during which a woman couldn't stop screaming; the fierce firelight where the resistance came for the first time from "men in black" - obviously Al Qaeda; the hesitation of a young soldier too scared to fight; and the time spent chain-smoking in the guard tower, counting tracer rounds being fired over the city. And as the popularity of Buzell's blog grew, it became clear that he had become the embedded reporter the Army couldn't control, despite its best, and often hilarious, efforts to do so.

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the personal experiences of a U.S. Army soldier who served in Iraq as a member of the controversial Stryker Brigade Combat Team, a tour of duty during which he engaged in dangerous firefights and raids and kept an online Web log describing his war experiences. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2005.
ISBN: 9780399153273
0399153276
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm.

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Daveinportland
Aug 07, 2016

I thought it was a good book. I remember during the war reading about some soldier whom had started a blog and all hell broke loose. Did not know his name and forgot about the story, then one day I saw this book. I enjoyed this book because it seemed realistic not the Hollywood heroic bullchips that has been written by several other veterans. For people who are not veterans who may wish to read about real life experiences, THIS is a good book. Stuff like American Sniper or Lone Survivor should be considered fiction.

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dode222
Nov 10, 2014

Really great book, but lots of profanity.

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