My War

My War : Killing Time in Iraq

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'Once we passed the checkpoint at the border, it hit me. I was like, Holy Shit, this is it, I'm entering a combat zone. Cool!' At twenty-six Colby Buzzell, unemployed and living at home, decided to join the US Army. Within months he was in Iraq, a machine gunner in the controversial Stryker Brigade Combat Team, an army unit on the cutting edge of combat technology and the first of its kind. Trapped amid 'guerrilla warfare, urban-style' in Mosul, Iraq, Buzzell was struck by the bizarre and often frightening world surrounding him. He began writing a blog describing the war - not as being reported by CNN or official briefings - but as experienced by the soldier on the ground. His story is a brutally honest and hard-hitting account of the absurdities of modern war. These are the real stories of the war: a firefight where the resistance came from 'men in black'; a night spent chain-smoking in the guard tower counting the tracer bullets being fired over the city; and the hesitation of a young soldier who had been passed around from platoon to platoon because he was too afraid to fight. My War is a powerful story of a young man and a war, unlike any you have read before.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 127 x 196 x 26mm | 283g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552154377
  • 9780552154376
  • 376,949

About Colby Buzzell

Before enlisting in the army at age twenty-six, Colby Buzzell lived in the San FranciscoBay area. He served for two years, including about a year in Iraq, and now lives in Los Angeles.show more

Review quote

"'My War by Colby Buzzell is nothing less than the soul of an extremely interesting human being at war on our behalf in Iraq'" Kurt Vonnegutshow more

Back cover copy

'Once we passed the checkpoint at the border, it hit me. I was like, Holy Shit, this is it, I'm entering a combat zone. Cool!' At twenty-six Colby Buzzell, unemplyed and living at home, decided to join the US Army. Within months he was in Iraq, a machine gunner in the controversial Stryker Brigade Combat Team, an army unit on the cutting edge of combat technology and the first of its kind. Trapped amid 'guerrilla warfare, urban-style' in Mosul, Iraq, Buzzell was struck by the bizarre and often frightening world surrounding him. He began writing a blog describing the war - not as being reported by CNN or official briefings - but as experienced by the soldier on the ground. His story is a brutally honest and hard-hitting account of the absurdities of modern war. These are the real stories of the war: a firefight where the resistance came from 'men in black'; a night spent chain-smoking in the guard tower counting the tracer bullets being fired over the city; and the hesitation of a young soldier who had been passed around from platoon to platoon because he was too afraid to fight. My War is a powerful story of a young man and a war, unlike any you have read before.show more

Review Text

"'My War by Colby Buzzell is nothing less than the soul of an extremely interesting human being at war on our behalf in Iraq'"show more

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Our customer reviews

It is one of the best memoirs I\'ve ever read. And it is quite topical, of course. If you are interested in the lifestyle of the American GIs in Iraq, read it and you won\'t regret it. A simple and effective reading.show more
by Havasi Mate
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