An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead- end future for the army–and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq. To make. An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead- end future for the army—and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq. To make. “The experience of war has produced some extraordinary writing, classics of reporting and memoir. My War is destined to join that list. Colby Buzzell, a young .

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My War is an autobiographical collection of blog entries, anecdotes and musings about life in the US army in Iraq. Based on his blog of the same title and that caused great controversy a few years back when the Army got all pissed off about it this book is a first kraq account of life as a foot solider in Iraq.

But above that, it is about the moral complicity and guilt Vonnegut felt as a result of what he experienced during WWII. I served in those same sandy hellholes, with the mental scars to prove it. This book is the story of a slacker’s search for change and excitement, his experience as a soldier in Iraq, and his thoughts on the operation of the Army and the war in Iraq.

Army for both a job and the adventure. True stories always strike closer to home for me. It was an honest account of daily life in Iraq. In October the women still look away, I read Buzzell’s famous memoir in preparation for my own trip to Iraq. In October the women still look away, except for a few younger ones.

On the street they rarely wave first, but when you wave or say salaam alaykum most burst into a smile and return your greeting. There’s no way any reporter could have brought this back. Colby Buzzell is perhaps the best storyteller, and without a doubt the funniest.


Colby is a proud tims, but he is also a dissident buazell. Parts of this story were actual blog post written while Colby was in Iraq, others are diary entries, and in between Colby added extra anecdotes and information to help the narrative flow more naturally.


Account Options Sign in. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is something of a triumph for blogs over traditional media. All in all though, I would definitely recommend this book. I have a million little sticky notes highlight my favorite parts or the things I found to be the most interesting.

What makes this memoir special is that this Generation X wild child turned trigger-puller is also an independent thinker, a curious and voracious reader, and a keen observer willing to put it byzzell down unfiltered by much of anything.

Buzzell has told the stories many chose to ignore. On the evidence, I’d guess that Buzzell is a war critic and Strobl is a gung-ho patriot, but I can’t be quite sure and it doesn’t much matter.


Buzzell maintain a blog remember them, old people? Ij pointed his AK47 barrel right at my fucking pupils. Tired of the monotony, he found himself in front of an army recruiter.

At first, it threw me off. Honestly, it made my stomach turn for how good a snapshot this was of my generation. An underemployed, skateboarding party animal, Colby Buzzell traded a dead-end future for the army—and ended up as a machine gunner in Iraq.

My War: Killing Time in Iraq

Buzzelll is the rare nonfiction writer who seems equally at ease recounting stories about himself — his war experience, his struggles with alcohol addiction and post-traumatic stress — as he is writing about others All the protests I went to in my early 20’s can’t compare to the revelations I got from reading actual reports from the battlefield. Trivia About My War: There needs to be some kind of through-line. You can see this background flavored into his writing style.

He makes no bones about putting on hard core music before going out in his Stryker to “secure” an area. Buzzell captures the sentiments of someone in transition–he joined the army not out of patriotism but as a means to escape his going nowhere life back in the States.


Having picked up a used copy of this one from a charity stall, I hadn’t intended to read it immediately but got sucked in and finished it ahead of the other two or three books I was half way though.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. You can argue the politics until you’re blue in the face, but Buzzell’s book reveals the flesh and blood behind the big words of the bureacracy.

I think it is appropriate to start off uraq review by re-quoting myself from a comment I left on Goodreads immediately after I had finished this tlme. Tired of hanging around. It’s incredibly readable and immensely down to earth. She thanked him for the honest protrayal of what her son probalby went through. In My War, he records his experiences with a mixture of irreverence and awe, like a latter day Holden Caufield who suddenly finds himself behind enemey tmie – The Big Issue U.

Since some scenes came straight from his blog, there was no editing for those parts and so it was hard for me to figure out what was going on. We have a tendency in the US to either venerate our combat vets as heros or to demonize them as mindless drones or to totally ignore them—or, more often, some combination of those three.

His hold on literary technique is astounding. Before enlisting in the U.

Thompson and Allen Ginsberg, is fueled by an antiauthority, punk-rock attitude. The result is an extraordinary narrative, rich with unforgettable scenes: It’s interesting and important to see his transformation from a “regular Army guy” to a kolling who is aware of the consequences of his actions by participating in military “operations.

And not for the vocational skills, either: