Generation Kill by Evan Wright

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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 pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. 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.

Now a major HBO event, Generation Kill is the national bestselling book based on the National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone. It 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.


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Evan Wright is the author of Generation Kill, now the basis of the HBO miniseries for which he served as co-writer. Wright earned his degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from Vassar College, an education he soon put work at Hustler magazine, where he served as "Entertainment Editor." In the late 1990's he began writing feature articles for Rolling Stone. At Rolling Stone Wright focused on youth subcultures, from radical environmentalists to skinheads to sorority girls. His work is characterized by immersion in his subjects' worlds, detailed reporting and dark humor. After 9/ll he pitched his editor on the idea that since the US military was "basically another youth subculture," he ought to be writing about it. He has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards, one for reporting on the war in Iraq in Rolling Stone and the other for a profile published in Vanity Fair. Generation Kill received numerous awards, including the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times book award, a PEN USA literary prize and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's award for "Best History of the Marine Corps." He is currently at work on two books for Putnam: Hella Nation, a collection of essays and reporting to be published in the Spring of 2009 The Seed, a reported memoir of brainwashing to be published in the Summer of 2010.
Published April 1, 2005 by Berkley Publishing Group. 468 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Wright rode into Iraq on March 20, 2003, with a platoon of First Reconnaissance Battalion Marines—the Marine Corps' special operations unit whose motto is "Swift, Silent, Deadly."

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Based on Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright's book of the same name—about a U.S. Marine reconnaissance battalion in the early days of the 2003 Iraq invasion—Generation Kill is partly a critique of how the Iraq war has been mishandled, and partly a matter-of-fact depiction of soldiering in the 21s...

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Entertainment Weekly

Through the first episode of Generation Kill, HBO's miniseries about the elite Marine unit that led the first invasion of the Iraq war, it was difficult to keep track of which helmeted, smudged-faced character was which.

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The Telegraph

Depicting the early stages of America's involvement in the current Iraq war, the mini-series, which recently ran on the satellite channel FX, was adapted by The Wire creators David Simon and Ed Burns from a collection of articles (later turned into a book) by Rolling Stone writer Evan...

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USA Today

When you see "New Face of American War" in the long subtitle of Generation Kill, you get the impression that author Evan Wright is aspiring to define and categorize the contemporary Marine.

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San Francisco Chronicle

There's a lot of trust that viewers must place in the hands of David Simon and Ed Burns as the two writer-producers turn the gritty, tip-of-the-spear Iraq invasion book, "Generation Kill," into a miniseries for HBO.

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Not long after the publication of "Generation Kill," his book about a platoon of Marines during the first few weeks of the Iraq war, journalist Evan Wright found himself handcuffed in the back of a car, with a Marine sergeant threatening to strand him in the desert and make him walk home.

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New York Magazine

During the second episode of Generation Kill, to a tentative wave of welcome from Iraqi civilians on the rubbled road to Baghdad, one young Marine in the Bravo 2 platoon of the First Recon Battalion waves right back from his Humvee.

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It was f#cking cool.”The Recon Marines, as Wright describes them, represent less the Generation X, as they do an underprivileged Generation Kill.

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If "John Adams" was something of an expensive misfire, HBO nails the target with "Generation Kill" -- a raw, gritty, so-real-you'll-forget-it's-drama miniseries from "The Wire's" David Simon and Ed Burns.

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The Wargamer

Scott Parrino reviews the mini-series, based on the Evan Wright's book of the same name, that focuses on the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the First Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps that was a part of it.

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