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Jarhead

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Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. W...
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 Summery:    This book is about a marine telling his story in the marines and how it effects his life physically and mentally. His father was a marine in the Vietnam war so he believes he is entitled to join too. and he thinks he made a mistake.

         Swofford goes to boot camp and is abused by his commanding officer, he was punished by the hot dessert, he thought about suicide, and his girlfriend back home left him for someone else. so he realizes that joining the marines was a mistake because his life would be a lot better if he never joined.

 

 Theme:    Think about what you are doing before you do it. He did not think much before joining the marines he just always thought he had to because his dad was a marine. So he joined with out thinking and suffered for it.

 

 Review:    I liked the book because there were very few boring parts. even when there was no action there would be interesting stories explaining what  Swofford went through and how people change in the marines. and he can relate to many people because he is just a man who thinks he made a mistake. I would recommend this book if you like books about the military.

       

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Diane Sherry Mankowski's comment, April 4, 2013 2:34 PM
You've made an interesting choice for theme, but one that I think Anthony Swofford would totally agree with. As a way to improve this entry, identify the name of the marine in your review the first time that you write about him as a person. Then you can refer to him by last name or he for the remaining times.
Sean's comment, April 14, 2013 6:14 PM
i think that marine is one of the toughest life styles and it would be interesting to really know what its like
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Riyadh

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This is an oil field near Riyadh that the Iraqis set on fire during the Gulf War.

 

This picture describes the setting because they are stationed near Riyadh and the Jar-Heads job is to protect the oil in the Gulf coast.

 

This was hard for the jar heads to do because there are a lot of oil fields and they have to protect them all. when the Iraqis set them on fire it is dangerous and hard to clean up. Also the U.S. is losing their oil.

 

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Persian Gulf War

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 Summery:    After the Iraq war our troops moved to the Persian gulf to protect our oil fields from Iraqis.

 

 Relates:    This article relates to Jarheads because they are talking about the same war in the same place at the same time and many things that the book said that the soldiers had to do are also in this article.

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The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell | Jarhead-independent reading | Scoop.it
In a voice at once raw and immediate, the author chronicles his daily life as a young soldier in Iraq: the excitement, horror, anger, ted...
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 Summery:    A man is drafted on his honeymoon from the U.S. National Guard to fight overseas in Iraq. He tells his story about him and his friends in Iraq going through horrible things and trying to make the best out of the boring dessert. When he comes back from the war he lost his wife and couldn't find a job so he stays with a friend looking for a job.

 

 Relates:    This book relates to Jarhead because they are both stories of men who were in a middle east war and did not want to join the military. Also they both lost something while serving in the military. In Jarhead he lost his girlfriend for another man and in The Last True Story Ill Ever Tell he was forced into the military on his honeymoon then later lost his wife while serving in Iraq.

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Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own

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After the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans suffered toxic reactions, neurological damage, and rare cancers due to exposure to 2,4,5,-D
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 Summery:    This documentary is about the first gulf war. they are talking about people coming back from the gulf war sick and veterans called it gulf war syndrome but the government just said it was post dramatic stress disorder. Later scientists and researchers found out that the symptoms of post dramatic stress disorder and gulf war syndrome were very different.cientist even found out that the soilders in the gulf war were acyually exposed to radiation from nuclear weapons. Also the discoverd that there gas suits in the war to protect them from radiation didnt even protect them.

 

 Relates:    The documentary "Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own" relates to "Jarheads" because they are both about the first Gulf War and explains hoew people change when they come back from war.

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