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Based on the author's National Magazine Award–winning series in Rolling Stone, this New York Times bestseller offers a firsthand account of the first warriors of the current generation to enter the Iraq War.

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They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer.

Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.

"One of the best books to come out of the Iraq war.... An adrenaline rush of intelligent prose." ---Financial Times

"Nuanced and grounded in details often overlooked in daily journalistic accounts.... A complex portrait of able young men raised on video games and trained as killers." ---The New York Times

"A pungently written combat narrative and a close-range study of a bunch of twentysomething warriors trying to get a handle on who they are." ---Time
New York Times Bestseller

Generation Kill

Author Evan Wright

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

Publication date Oct 27, 2008

Running time 14 hrs

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