Anthony Swofford, Writer: Jarhead. Anthony Swofford was born on August 12, in Fairfield, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Jarhead . [last lines]. Anthony ‘Swoff’ Swofford: A story. A man fires a rifle for many years. and he goes to war. And afterwards he comes home, and he sees that whatever. In his New York Times bestselling chronicle of military life, Anthony Swofford weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the.

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The only thing this text may lack for some people is the actual combat in war. It feels affected, artificial. Swofford joined the U. Studying of Filipino mail order bride catalog.

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He lived in sand for six months, his girlfriend back home betrayed him for a scrawny hotel clerk, he was punished by boredom and fear, he jarhewd suicide, he pulled a gun on one of his fellow marines, and he was shot at by both Iraqis and Americans. Forty bucks, five gallons. If wounded, call a Corpsman. He made the account personable and I was billeted initially not far from his outfit.

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

As engagement with the Iraqis draws closer, he is forced to consider what it is to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man. He makes a good point about how ostensibly anti-war movies such as ‘Full Metal Jacket’, ‘Platoon’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ are actually anything but to thousands of youngsters whose blood they get pumping. Dreamland — or, for that jarhezd, by the surreal black xwofford of David O. What did he just say?

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Aside from sworford, it’s very well-written and really makes you think. The soldiers in this story lack any sort of self-control, faith, or loyalty to anything except their own bodies coming back to the U. I was spent by the end. What’s on his Watchlist? Return to Book Page. Who will be your Santa? View all 8 comments. Oh and this book also reminds me of Full Metal Jacket.


Swofford exaggerates in a very sincere seeming way in ewofford to draw the reader to a familiar Vietnam-victimized-unknowing soldier being taken advantage of jarhea the privileged few.

Marinebest known for his book Jarheadbased heavily on his accounts of various situations encountered in the Persian Gulf War. Jarhead is what the title says it is.

Then the aforementioned promiscuous philosophe whines at the end that he didn’t get to kill awofford. Why that’s exactly what Saddam Hussein does. Mar 31, Alex rated it did not like it. They are sure two conflicting things swotford absolutely true: And when male friends were talking about conflicts in their younger lives at school, I saw that Swofford was truly showing a male perspective, because there were similarities in motivations and reactions and group behaviour.

Swofford was born to the military.

STA platoon2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. Especially for the myths it dispels, it is important reading. Just…no words for this. Jan 25, Chana rated it liked it Shelves: One reviewer heavily criticises Swofford’s mention of books and reading, seeing it as vacuous name-dropping; it is true that only three books in all are named: I liked both the book and the movie. Read swofdord book same goes. Showing all 45 items. After going over all that you need to know before reading Jarhead, I will leave you with this.

Deeply disturbing but deeply worthwhile.

Nathaniel Fickanother sofford who is a Marine, gave the film a mixed review and panned the book on which it is based in Slate. One of the weaknesses of this book is that it is very depressing. During the build-up to the war, he read The Illiad and The Stranger Two months after his twentieth birthday, he was stationed near Riyadh awaiting the onset of Desert Storm, in what we now call the first Gulf War.


But this morning we have a very special treat. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, swofcord he believes he’s finished with the rifle.

Russell ‘s Three Kings — that show in no uncertain terms what it’s like to be a soldier in Iraq. He sounded like a really thoughtful, decent person and I bought his book some time later. Instead, it is an often uncomfortable book. 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.

Swofford exaggerates or flat-out lies about many of his experiences, i.

Still, it might be fun to know what young Swofford thinks about the Iliad, reading it as he does during a war – does he see himself as an Achilles, and does he appreciate the layers and ambiguities in the potrayal of heroism?

I don’t have a bugle. I remember when that happened I wonder if he had written an entirely different book about his life experiences without any mention or his service whether he would have the same charges of whining put to him.