The result is an extraordinary narrative, rich with unforgettable scenes: the Iraqi woman crying uncontrollably during a raid on her home; the soldier too afraid to fight; the troops chain-smoking in a guard tower and counting tracer rounds; the first, fierce firefight against the "men in black. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Give[s] us a much deeper understanding of war.
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The result is an extraordinary narrative, rich with unforgettable scenes: the Iraqi woman crying uncontrollably during a raid on her home; the soldier too afraid to fight; the troops chain-smoking in a guard tower and counting tracer rounds; the first, fierce firefight against the "men in black.
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What you soon realize about this stranger at the bar, Colby Buzzell, is that he can knock you off your barstool at a moment's notice with soul-jarring observations and darkly comedic insights into what it really means to be fighting and idling in this war. Buzzell's self-awareness is total and unromantic, his instinct for what matters unrelenting, his writing lyrical, heartbreaking, hilarious, and essential.
An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead-end future for the army--and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq. To make sense of the absurd and frightening events surrounding him, he started writing a blog about the war--and how it differed from the government's official version. But as his blog's popularity grew, Buzzell became the embedded reporter the Army couldn't control--despite its often hilarious efforts to do so.
Read more Read less. Review "I remember reading Colby's journal entries on the internet when he was filing them from Iraq and being amazed at how, besides how heavy the material was, how sharp and vividly intense his writing was.
My War is the real deal reportage from the ground. There's no way any reporter could have brought this back. If you care about our brave soldiers in the fray and want to get an insight into what it's really like out there, My War is essential reading I'll take Colby's word over a journalist's any day.
Before enlisting in the U. He served over two years, including a year in Iraq. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I'm not going to pretend that I am like some other reviewers here who followed along with his blog from the beginning.
I've never spoken to Buzzell, never read his blog. I heard about this book right here on good 'ole Amazon. I wish that this book was required reading for every armchair general who insists on telling everyone exactly how the war is, despite the fact that the closest they've come is watching Black Hawk Down on Blu-Ray.
One thing I really liked about this book is that it was in no way a vehicle for Buzzell to air his petty grievances. I've already read a couple war books that were nothing more than a chance to voice every complaint that the author ever had about their chain of command and fellow soldiers and how unfairly they were treated by the system.
Buzzell is mouthy, irreverant and unafraid to step on a few toes, but never whiny or sniveling in this book. Without knowing the author in real life I still manage to get the feeling of true honesty in this book. He doesn't even attempt to sugarcoat his reasons for joining the Army in the first place. You'll find no teary-eyed proclamations of patriotism here though that is not to say that Buzzell is not a patriot and a true example of "America's finest".
Instead, Buzzell very honestly admits that his decision to join was spurred by the realization that his life was going nowhere and by an urge to seek out adventure.
Buzzell is very frank about his reasons for wanting to become an infantryman and relates this thirst for killing that some might find distasteful in a very, "Here I am; take it or leave it", manner. As you can see, I highly recommend this book. I recommend it for people thinking about joining the military, people interested in the military, the war in Iraq or just anyone who enjoys reading.
Initial Thoughts: I read this book for my Literature and War class. I was excited, perhaps the more correct term is intrigued, to start reading a first hand account on the war in Iraq. I'll be honest, I didn't know much about the war in Iraq and still don't claim to be any sort of expert.
It was a subject I decided to stay blissfully ignorant of but I am happy I got the chance to read this story and get a better understanding of what American soldiers went through and are still going through in Iraq. Parts of this story were actual blog post written while Colby was in Iraq, others are diary entries, and in between Colby added extra anecdotes and information to help the narrative flow more naturally. I should also mention that this book contains a lot of explicit language.
I think it is appropriate to start off this review by re-quoting myself from a comment I left on Goodreads immediately after I had finished this book. It was really insightful and at times highly amusing. But life aka midterms got in the way, so I'll try my best to accurately convey my feelings for this book.
I learned a lot about a soldier's experiences over in Iraq, many of which left me in awe of the men and women fighting for our country.
Some of the accounts were inspiring while others were a bit disheartening. These reactions were understandable when you consider how honest Colby is in his retelling of the events. At times I was laughing, bored, and scared to death and experiencing many of the same emotions Colby had lived through.
There is no way I can ever understand what it feels like to be shot at or what it feels like to have sweat running down into my eyes and be unable to move, but through reading this, I feel more knowledgeable and empathetic. As the novel progresses Colby discusses his love of music, art and books. He is a very intelligent human being which came in stark contrast to the beginning of the novel's image of Colby which was a hometown stoner.
One of the books mentioned is Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I read this book almost two years ago for a Humanities class and fell in love with it.
I've highlighted all my favorite passages and keep this book on my desk at all times. I flip through it almost every day when I feel like I need a reality check or a little motivation. I think everyone should read this book at least once and I highly recommend it. Colby is an amazing writer and his descriptions made me feel like I was in the middle of the action, or in some cases non action. It was a really unique perspective and I'm very appreciative of him for writing this account for the world to read.
Conclusion: I really did enjoy reading this book and had so many wow moments while reading. I have a million little sticky notes highlight my favorite parts or the things I found to be the most interesting.
I would recommend this book to someone who wants for the most part an unbiased, non partisan account of his life and journey to becoming a soldier.
If my review hasn't convinced you to read this book, my apologies. Like I said earlier I should've reviewed this book when it was fresh in my mind because since then I've taken midterms and had to read many other novels and textbooks and everything has started to blend together.
You'll just have to take my word for it. Colby Buzzell is a really unique, funny, and honest individual whose work and life deserves an audience. A self-proclaimed Hunter S. Thompson fan, as well as a once-aimless GenX-er, Colby Buzzell makes his own loathing of many things obvious from the get-go.
The fear comes later, and is most vividly expressed nearly pages into this memoir of the Iraq war. Here's his delayed reaction after being in one of the most hard-fought and fierce fire-fight he'd ever encountered on the streets of Mosul - "I was smoking like a chimney, one right after another. My nerves were completely shot and I was emotionally drained and I noticed that my hands were still kinda shaking I was thinking how lucky I was to be alive.
I've never experienced anything like the fear I felt today Intelectually curious, he is a voracious reader of good books, yet he seems to find little to like in this world. Possessed of a wicked and ironically sly sense of humor, he uses it repeatedly to jab at our country's leaders, the war, politics, the media - just about everything, in fact, including himself. I found myself liking the guy in spite of myself. He made me laugh and he made me wince in recognition.
His narrative, with its casual attitude towards porno, "spank" mags and masturbation among the troops, brought to mind Tony Swofford's book about the first Gulf war, JARHEAD - although Buzzell himself dismisses that book scornfully, and that first "war" as well. It also flashed me back to my own war, the Cold War. Soldiers are the same, regardless of the setting or the era, it would seem.
Nothing much changes. It is the third military memoir I have read with this title. And so is this one. The army tried to call Buzzell back to active duty in , but he was found to be unfit for service - PTSD. The physical, mental and emotional casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan continue to mount and multiply, and the ends to these wars are still not clearly in sight.
Perhaps books like Buzzell's will help speed their resolutions. I hope so. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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My War Killing Time In Iraq
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My War: Killing Time in Iraq
Having picked up a used copy of this one from a charity stall, I hadn't intended to read it immediately but got sucked in and finished it ahead of the other two or three books I was half way though. One of many first-person accounts of the current War. My War : Killing Time in Iraq. Colby Buzzell. The experience of war has produced some extraordinary writing, classics of reporting and memoir.
Hello, Login. Visit Our Stores. Awards Winner of the Blooker Prize. 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.