Go Advanced Search
 




Learn More About
Find More Titles by
This Author: Anthony Swofford
This Narrator: Anthony Swofford
This Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Jarhead by Anthony Swofford

Jarhead

A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

by Anthony Swofford


Title Details

Narrator
 
Unabridged Edition
Running Time
8 Hrs. 5 Min.
User Rating
  3.5  Stars Based on 1 rating
Share This

Description

When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. It was one misery upon another. 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 considered suicide, he pulled a gun on one of his fellow marines, and he was shot at by both Iraqis and Americans. At the end of the war, Swofford hiked for miles through a landscape of incinerated Iraqi soldiers and later was nearly killed in a booby-trapped Iraqi bunker.

Swofford weaves this experience of war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family. 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.

"Jarhead" insists we remember the Americans who are wounded or killed, the fields of smoking enemy corpses left behind, and the continuing difficulty that American soldiers have reentering civilian life.

A harrowing yet inspiring portrait of a tormented consciousness struggling for inner peace, "Jarhead" will elbow for room on that short shelf of American war classics.


People Who Liked Jarhead Also Liked These Titles:
  They Shall Not Have Me
by Jean Helion

  A Different Kind of Courage
by Gretel Wachtel

  Death in the Jungle
by Gary R. Smith

Reviews & Ratings
User Reviews         Rate this title  

More Details

  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: J016490
Available On
Volumes
ISBN-10
ISBN-13
Download
9780743548885
Audio CD
0743550919
9780743550918
Cassette
0743535383