• Jarhead

  • A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
  • By: Anthony Swofford
  • Narrated by: Anthony Swofford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-10-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (16 ratings)

Summary

In his New York Times best-selling chronicle of military life, Anthony Swofford weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family. When the U.S. Marines, or "jarheads", were sent to Saudi Arabia in 1990 for the first Gulf War, Anthony Swofford was there. He lived in sand for six months; he was punished by boredom and fear; he considered suicide, pulled a gun on a fellow marine, and was targeted by both enemy and friendly fire. As engagement with the Iraqis drew near, he was forced to consider what it means to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man.
©2003 Anthony Swofford (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.
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Critic reviews

"A searing contribution to the literature of combat." ( The New York Times)
"This book offers...the casual reader, an unflinching portrayal of the loneliness and brutality of modern warfare and sophisticated analyses of, and visceral reactions to, its politics." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan C. Jones on 10-10-05

Candid view of a marine and modern war

I read the print version of this book and enjoyed it. It was refreshing to get a broad view, with good and bad, beyond the soundbites or agenda of other media. I was especially surprised at how open the author was about many personal aspects of marine life and life in the middle of a war. Also, I found it more thoughful and articulate that I initally suspected. I recommended it to a friend who has a son in the Marines to give him some flavor that he may not hear otherwise.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Carter B. Mills on 16-03-06

Good writing

Anthony Swofford should not have read his own book. That's my only problem with this book.

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