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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,637 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Swofford Narrator: Anthony Swofford Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Now a Major Motion Picture from Universal Pictures

New York Times bestselling author 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. And 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A searing contribution to the literature of combat.” 

    New York Times

  • “A brutally honest memoir…gut-wrenching frontline reportage.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “One of the best books ever written about military life.” 

    Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

  • “A bayonet in the eye…brutal and unforgettable.” 

    Sacramento Bee

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 2/20/2014

    " I was first introduced to Anthony Swafford's writing in the magazine DETAILS -- when I found an abandoned copy of his book in an Atlanta coffee shop I decided to read it, aware that it was being made into a film. This chronicle of his service in the Marines during the Gulf War was at once disturbing and intriguing -- certainly illuminating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 2/16/2014

    " A good book on the accounts of a hard marine during the gulf war. The stories are real and in his mind and you get to see how war experiences change the main character. Also it is far better than the movie that followed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Victoria Harben | 2/11/2014

    " Brutal honesty, incredible poignancy, and subtle hilarity create a memorable book. The straightforward prose makes it feel like Swofford is talking straight to you, yet his writing style is mesmeric and like a true storyteller. The organization is brilliant and it flows easily. Swofford sets the standard for first-hand accounts of war; it is shrewd and timeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/10/2014

    " I was stationed at 29 Palms at the same time as the author, and his descriptions of life as a Marine grunt ring hilariously and poignantly true. Sad, funny, and enlightening. "

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