Jarhead

Author: Anthony Swofford

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743254287

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 273

View: 876


Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. 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 (which included physical abuse by his drill instructor), 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. Unlike the real-time print and television coverage of the Gulf War, which was highly scripted by the Pentagon, Swofford's account subverts the conventional wisdom that U.S. military interventions are now merely surgical insertions of superior forces that result in few American casualties. Jarhead insists we remember the Americans who are in fact 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 that includes Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and be admired not only for the raw beauty of its prose but also for the depth of its pained heart.

Donnybrook

Author: Frank Bill

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446457699

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5135


__________________________ Twenty fighters. One wire-fence ring. One man left standing. The Donnybrook is a three-day bare-knuckle tournament held on a thousand-acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana. Twenty fighters unleash hell until only one man is left standing while a rowdy festival of onlookers – drunk and high on whatever’s on offer – bet on the outcome. Jarhead is a desperate man who’d do just about anything to feed his children. He’s also the toughest fighter in southeastern Kentucky, and he’s convinced that his ticket to a better life is one last fight with a cash prize so big it’ll solve all his problems. Meanwhile, there’s Chainsaw Angus – an undefeated master fighter who isn’t too keen on getting his face punched anymore, so he and his sister, Liz, have started cooking meth. And they get in deep. So deep that Liz wants it all for herself, and she might just be ready to kill her brother for it. As we travel through the backwoods on the way to the Donnybrook, we meet a cast of nasty, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, all in the name of getting their fix – drugs, violence, sex, money, honour. Donnybrook is exactly the fearless, explosive, amphetamine-fuelled journey you’d expect from Frank Bill’s first novel . . . and then some.

Body Surfing

Author: Dale Peck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416576327

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 2302


From one of America's most acclaimed writers, a startling and visionary novel about a race of demons who inhabit humans and wreak havoc on the lives of two small-town boys. In a small town in upstate New York, best friends Q. and Jasper live typical high school lives filled with parties and girls. When Q. starts acting recklessly, defacing lockers and misusing Bunsen burners, Jasper thinks his buddy is just letting off steam. But when his actions put both of their lives in danger, it's clear that Q. is possessed by something far more sinister than mere teenage high spirits. Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Khartoum, Ileana Magdalen is tracking an elusive man who has left a trail of blood and bodies behind him, bringing strife, war, and genocide wherever he goes. It is Ileana's mission to stop him, for she is a member of an elite group of hunters initiated into a mystery that plagues humanity and drives men and women to commit unspeakable crimes. When Ileana, Q., and Jasper are brought together, the loyalties of friendship are tested in unimaginable ways, and the living, the dead, and those who are beyond death become entangled in a violent battle as old as mankind itself. In Body Surfing, celebrated author Dale Peck presents a beautifully written page-turner of a literary thriller. It is a mesmerizing tale in which a complete parallel universe is filled with shockingly dark corners where the secrets of human nature wait to be discovered.

Appaloosa Run

Author: Will Welton

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557330238

Category:

Page: 176

View: 3502


Don Ulma had heard of the Bell ranch but who hadn’t in this part of the country. By a fluke in being in the wrong place at the wrong time Don had the chance of working on the ranch. Then Don and Cup Madden along with Noaks Oaks made a trip to Montana to purchase Appaloosa horses for the ranch. On the way back the horse herd was stolen and Cup died while Don was saved from being killed because he carried books to read. In recovering the horse herd Don rescued two women who was being evicted from their property by gun man shooting at the house. Notlong after that Don married one of the women and bought the herd of the Flying U from a dieing rancher. Don moved the cattle back to his land holdings in No Mans Land or some folks called it the Cimarron Strip which was a haven for outlaws and rustlers. What it took to hold the Flying U was guns and guts along with savvy on how to make things work for the ranch.

Governor of Do Son

Author: Jerome Skrocki

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503558231

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 8628


This fictional novella is a lifelong story of the friendship between a sailor and a marine that starts in enemy territory of North Vietnam and ends with their funerals forty years later. It’s a love story and a war story and it will make you feel proud to be an American. The story relates what life was like for military personnel in battle and after serving. It relates the pride of our veterans and highlights the pains and sacrifices they endured as very young men. It introduces religious conflicts with killing an enemy and not committing a mortal sin. The main character is a coward but is touched by the hand of God and becomes the most dangerous man in Nam. All he ever wanted to do was to lead a normal life with a wife and children. But God had different plans. The veterans of the Vietnam conflict were spit upon when they returned to the States. My story tries to show the respect they truly deserved.

1 Mile to You

Author: Jeremy Jackson

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250162696

Category: Fiction

Page: 360

View: 9787


"Refreshing...Reminds us that whether we run, play football, sing or write, we need to find the joy in what we do."—Chicago Sun-Times In eighth grade Kevin Schuler is a popular kid with a decent, if not stellar, record on the track. Yet after fate takes him off a bus that crashes and kills his fellow students, including his girlfriend, Kevin inexplicably becomes a track phenomenon. Separated from his memory and distanced from his own life, he effortlessly smashes records and gains national attention, until he finds that he can no more remain apart from himself than he can from the ground beneath his feet.

Einstein's Fiddle

Author: W.A. Smith

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 1478777818

Category: Fiction

Page: 489

View: 5970


With its present set in the summer of 1985 and its past reaching from 1950 to 1974, Einstein’s Fiddle is a dramatic examination of Davy Calhoun’s journey from home to the far country and back. The language and landscape of the novel vary between the existential and familial, tragic and comic, as the non-linear narrative – by turns realistic, lyrical, magical – focuses fearlessly on Davy’s fall, dishonor and redemption.

Life at These Speeds

Author: Jeremy Jackson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466835370

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2199


"Refreshing...Reminds us that whether we run, play football, sing or write, we need to find the joy in what we do."—Chicago Sun-Times In eighth grade Kevin Schuler is a popular kid with a decent, if not stellar, record on the track. Yet after fate takes him off a bus that crashes and kills his fellow students, including his girlfriend, Kevin inexplicably becomes a track phenomenon. Separated from his memory and distanced from his own life, he effortlessly smashes records and gains national attention, until he finds that he can no more remain apart from himself than he can from the ground beneath his feet.

A Companion to the War Film

Author: Douglas A. Cunningham,John C. Nelson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118288890

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 472

View: 400


A Companion to the War Film contains 27 original essays that examine all aspects of the genre, from the traditional war film, to the new global nature of conflicts, to the diverse formats war stories assume in today’s digital culture. It includes new work from experienced and emerging scholars that expands the scope of the genre by applying fresh theoretical approaches and archival resources to the study of war films. The essays discuss “the combat film” but then also move beyond those limited confines to cover home-front films, international and foreign- language films, and the uses of alternative media—including Internet videos, military recruitment ads, government-produced films, and TV programs—across a range of conflicts, nations, and time periods. The essays address complex questions of gender, race, forced internment, international terrorism, and war protest in films such as American Sniper, Good Kill, Grace is Gone, Gran Torino, The Messenger, Snow Falling on Cedars, So Proudly We Hail, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Tender Comrade, and Zero Dark Thirty. Taken together, these essays provide a nuanced vision of war film that brings the genre firmly into the 21st century and points the way for exciting future scholarship.

Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood

Author: Lincoln Geraghty

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 184150520X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 305

View: 4553


With its sprawling celebrity homes, the Walk of Fame, and the iconic sign on the hill, Hollywood is truly the land of stars. Glamorous and larger-than-life, many of the most memorable motion pictures of all time have emanated from its multimillion-dollar film industry, which exports more films per capita than that of any other nation.Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood lays out the cinematic history of Tinseltown - the industry, the audiences, and, of course, the stars - highlighting important thematic and cultural elements throughout. Profiles and analyses of many of the industry’s most talented and prolific directors give insights into their impact on Hollywood and beyond. A slate of blockbuster successes - and notable flops - are here discussed, providing insight into the ever-shifting aesthetic of Hollywood’s enormous global audience. User-friendly and concise yet containing an astonishing amount of information, Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood shows how truly indispensable the Hollywood film industry is and provides a fascinating account of its cultural and artistic significance as it marks its centennial.