Baker & Taylor A Florida National Guardsman who served in Iraq describes how he was called to active duty shortly after his marriage and two credits before he graduated from college, recounting his unit's experiences during and after the fall of Baghdad, a period marked by terror, camaraderie, and disillusionment. 40,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition, willingly exchanging one weekend a month and two weeks a year for a free education. But in autumn 2002, one semester short of graduating and newly married - in fact, on his honeymoon - he was called to active duty and sent to the front lines in Iraq. Crawford and his unit spent months upon months patrolling the streets of Baghdad, occupying a hostile city. During the breaks between patrols, Crawford began writing nonfiction stories about what he and his fellow soldiers witnessed and experienced. In a voice at once raw and immediate, Crawford's stories chronicle the daily life of a young soldier in Iraq - the excitement, the horror, the anger, the tedium, the fear, the camaraderie. But all together, the stories gradually uncover something more: the transformation of a group of young men, innocents, into something entirely different. Those stories became this book, a haunting and powerful, brutal but compellingly honest book - punctuated with both humor and heartbreak - that represents an important document revealing the actual experience of waging the war in Iraq, as well as the introduction of a literary voice forged in the most intense of circumstances.
Baker & Taylor A National Guardsman who served in Iraq describes how he was called to active duty shortly after his marriage, recounting his unit's experiences during and after the fall of Baghdad, a period marked by terror, camaraderie, and disillusionment.